“Luke wants to play in these events,” Chad said. “He wants to keep playing against great competition.”
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Having experienced the recruiting whirlwind in the last couple of years, Lukas could offer advice to many of the recruits on how to deal with the attention.
“When I got my first offer, I was very excited,” Lukas said, “Then I started getting a lot more, and they started coming in very often. It kind of gets overwhelming when you get calls every day. But after I visited Dayton, I knew it was over.”
It was just over a year ago that Frazier received his first scholarship offer during Wright State’s Elite Camp.
“My wife (Kriss) took him. I had to work,” Chad said. “An hour into the camp, coach (Scott) Nagy, who I think is one of the best, called my wife and him into the office. That’s how he got his first offer.”
Until that point, the Fraziers had been saving money to send Lukas and his sister Ellie to college, planning to cover half the cost of each education. With Lukas earning a full scholarship, they will pay for Ellie’s whole education. She’s studying at Ohio State to be a dentist.
Still, Chad knows how difficult it is to earn a Division I scholarship offer.
“I coached 15 years, and I think I had one Division II scholarship,” Chad said. “You try to talk to kids and let them understand how rare it is. Kids don’t have a clue about the recruiting process.”
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As hectic as the recruiting process can be, Lukas and his parents enjoyed it. Chad said they loved visiting college campuses and meeting coaches and players. Once Wright State offered Lukas a scholarship, Northern Kentucky followed, and several Mid-American Conference schools got involved. Dayton offered him a scholarship in April.
Chad wasn’t surprised to see Lukas receive more attention.
“We knew obviously he has some special talent, and he just kept growing and growing,” Chad said. “When he entered high school, I think he was 5-9. We saw him get up to 6-3. Now he’s 6-4½. It started getting real.”
Lukas and his parents sat behind the Dayton bench last November for a game against Purdue Fort Wayne. The experience confirmed what Chad had been hearing from his friends.
“All of my best friends went to Dayton,” he said. “I know a little about the (student) ghetto from visiting, but it blew me away. We didn’t talk much in front of Luke, but my wife and I were like, ‘Wow, this is big time.’ I think it motivated Luke to play harder and harder.”