|NCarolina's Frasor dealing with another injury-marred season|
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|Saturday, 12 January 2008 01:05|
Now Frasor is again watching from the bench as No. 1 North Carolina pursues its national championship dream without him.
``I feel I can be a huge part of this team and what we want to accomplish, and I feel I can help get us there,'' the junior said Friday in his first meeting with reporters since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against Nevada on Dec. 27.
``I just have to be that motivator and cheer guys on,'' he said. ``But I know we still have the talent and players to do the same goals we had.''
Frasor was hurt when his leg gave way while he was trying to make a steal near the sideline midway through the second half. It robbed the Tar Heels (16-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) of a versatile veteran who can play either guard position and provided defense and leadership off the bench.
Frasor is scheduled to have surgery Monday, followed by months of rehabilitation.
``It's frustrating because as a friend you don't want to see anybody go through that,'' All-American Tyler Hansbrough said. ``And also for him, I think it gives him that disappointment, that 'I wish I could be there' type of feeling.''
Frasor was a key part of North Carolina's rebuilding effort after the Tar Heels' lost their top seven scorers from the 2005 NCAA title team. He started all 31 games as a freshman and averaged 6.4 points. But as a sophomore, he missed 10 games in two different stretches because of a right foot injury and never looked comfortable while averaging just 2.4 points.
Now he can only wait for next year.
``It's not like it's crushing our team goals,'' Frasor said, ``but it's frustrating as an individual because I know I could be out there helping the team.''