While the transfer portal continues to block high school athletes from getting scholarship opportunities, Tahshaun Frasier is getting his shot at Columbus State University.
The Bradwell Institute guard signed a letter of intent with the Cougars on November 16, taking care of one senior year goal.
“I am very excited,” he said. “I am very excited to be the first person in my family to college. I was like, wow, my dream is coming true. Coach Moore believes in me and I believe in him.”
Frasier was a first-team all-Region 1-AAAAA pick last year, leading the Tigers to their first region crown in three decades.
As a sophomore, Frasier averaged 14.6 points per game and 3.3 assists per game. During his junior campaign, he scored 11.7 points per game and handed 4.2 assists per game.
Beyond the numbers, though, his coaches from high school to recreation league to AAU point out his tenacity.
“He always felt he was going to lock their best player down,” said coach Rico Wigfall.
Frasier says his biggest attribute is his mentality of winning.
“Taking charges, scoring, passing, whatever I can do to help a team win,” he said. “Winning – I just like winning.”
Bradwell coach Ty Randolph recalled getting the job at Bradwell and going to find his players where they worked out. As others told him about players, he said he had his eye on one in particular.
It was Frasier. Randolph said he asked Frasier where he was going to high school and his answer was just what the coach wanted to hear.
“He said, ‘I’m going to Bradwell,’” the coach pointed out, “’and I’m going to win a championship.’” Randolph said there are many who deserve credit for helping Frasier get to the point where he signed for a college scholarship. Columbus State had one scholarship available for a high school player, “Columbus State wanted Tahshaun,” Randolph said. “I believe if someone wants you and they have your best interest in mind, that’s probably where you should be.”
After Frasier and the Tigers pulled off a feat not done since before they were born in winning a region title last year, they now have their sights set on trophies with more meaning – a state championship.
“We have all the pieces right now,” he said. “We had a good team last year, but I feel this year, we’re going to win it all. I know it.”