E&H adds another Galax athlete

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By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

 Emory and Henry is like the Fort Knox of college basketball. There is no shortage of guards. That’s just one reason that Cameron Frazier should fit right in.

Frazier, who helped lead Galax to the Group A Division 1 state basketball tournament each of the last two seasons, will feel right at home at guard-friendly Emory after committing to play basketball for the Division III school recently in a ceremony at Galax High School. Emory and Henry listed 12 guards among its 18-man roster for 2008-09, half of whom were seniors. A surplus of floor-runners has been a necessity for Emory, a school that has made headlines for its up-tempo style of play in recent years. Under longtime coach Bob Johnson, the Wasps set several Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) scoring records, including averaging 109 points per game in 2006-07. Although the tempo and the point totals have declined a little in the two years since Johnson’s retirement, Emory can still light it up under current head coach Paul Russo, who played for Johnson and was one of the top Division III guards in the country.  Emory averaged 84 points per game this past season, finishing 11-15 (5-11 ODAC) and falling in the play-in game of the conference tournament. The Wasps topped 100 points four times and were a point shy once. And as for the fear of too many guards limiting playing time, 10 different players averaged double figures in minutes this past season. All that should suit Frazier, a three-year starter in Galax’s up-tempo program. As a 5-foot-11, 155-pound senior, Frazier was named the Mountain Empire District’s player of the year, first-team all-Region C and honorable mention all-Group A this past season after his Maroon Tide won the MED’s regular season and tournament championships and the Region C Division 1 title. Frazier averaged 17.4 points and 5.0 assists for Galax after making the switch from point guard to 2-guard for his senior season. As a junior point man, Frazier averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 assists, shooting nearly 79 percent from the foul line, and was named honorable mention all-district. An honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, Frazier plans on studying accounting at Emory and Henry.