Every Georgia basketball fan will forever remember J.J. Frazier. He was one of the best playmakers in school history, finishing in the Top-10 in career points, assists, and steals. But what was more impressive about him was that he always gave 100% effort, no matter the circumstances.
When asked about his favorite part about being a Georgia basketball player, Frazier responded, "Favorite part about Georgia basketball is if you give those fans and university your all and leave it out on the floor, they will forever love and respect you."
I think everyone can agree he got what he was looking for. I won't be able to find a single fan who doesn't like Frazier as a person or a player.
Recently, I had Frazier at #3 in my "Top-10 Georgia Basketball Players of The Decade" list. You can read more about him, and other former Georgia basketball players here.
As I mentioned in that last article, Frazier played for the Memphis Hustle, the Memphis Grizzlies G-League affiliate, in 2018.
"I'll be headed back to Italy this year. I was hurt most of last season, so I'm hungry to get back on the court."
I feel bad for that entire league having to deal with Frazier on both sides of the ball.
So how does Frazier feel about Georgia's upcoming season and the future?
"I think we will be a powerhouse at a consistent rate. The way we're recruiting right now, it's only a matter of time."
It's worth noting that Georgia brought in five top-100 recruits in the 2019 class. One of those is Anthony Edwards, who is predicted to be the 1st pick in the 2020 NBA Draft by a handful of experts.
"This year's team will be unique, athletic, fast, and skilled, so their ceiling is up to them honestly. Whoever decides to lead and hold each other accountable will make the difference," said Frazier.
Georgia will have three seniors in the backcourt, and one junior down low. They'll need those guys to be vocal leaders this season to be successful.
Frazier went on to say, "They can be Elite 8 or a bubble team in my opinion. If the leadership is right, they will be unstoppable."
Hearing this type of prediction from a player of Frazier's basketball IQ should be music to every fan's ears. Now, let's see if Tom Crean can find a leader for this team.
The Georgia Bulldogs get started up this season against Western Carolina on November 5th.