Home sweet home: Illinois reportedly adding alum, former player to basketball staff
More than a decade has gone by since Chester Frazier was last wearing the orange and bleu as a member of the Illinois basketball team. While he won’t be back in uniform, he could soon be sporting the team colors in Champaign again.
According to a report from Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Brad Underwood is expected to hire Frazier as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. The news comes after the Fighting Illini lost assistant coaches Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman to Kentucky.
Frazier was a member of the Illinois basketball team as a player from 2005-09. He is currently an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.
Illinois coach Brad Underwood is hiring Virginia Tech assistant Chester Frazier, source told @Stadium. Frazier played for the Illini from 2005-09.
Illinois lost two assistants to Kentucky: Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 6, 2021
Frazier began his coaching career on the Illinois staff as a graduate assistant for one season during the 2010-11 campaign. He then followed Bruce Weber to Kansas State, where he served as an assistant coach from 2012-19.
The last two seasons have been spent at Virginia Tech.
As a player for the Fighting Illini, Frazier was a two-time B1G All-Defensive Team selection (2006-07, 2008-09) and was a Honorable Mention All-B1G selection following the 2008-09 season.
Frazier played in 125 career games at Illinois and started in 88 contests. He scored 616 points, grabbed 508 rebounds and dished out 484 assists during his four years with the program.
Illinois ended last season with a B1G Tournament title and earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.