Chester Frazier Bringing Big Things to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Although no official announcement has come from West Virginia University about his hiring yet, Chester Frazier took to social media late Wednesday night to announce that he has arrived in Morgantown as the new associate head coach of the Mountaineers!

Frazier, 38, was an assistant at Illinois and a former starting point guard for the Fighting Illini, and he will now be the top assistant at West Virginia. Illinois head coach Brad Underwood revealed that Frazier was headed to WVU during a press conference yesterday, saying, “I’m excited for him. He came here wanting to win championships because he didn’t as a player, and he came away with two. I’m excited his path as associate head coach is the next step. Excited it puts him back in a vicinity where his name recognition will really I think pay off for him in his desire to be a head coach. He was fantastic and wish him nothing but the best.”

Then, late last night, Frazier posted a picture of himself with new head coach Darian DeVries with the caption, “Sidney Dean and Billy Hoyle, you ready Coach Devries? – let’s go get em!!!” The Sidney Dean and Billy Hoyle reference was from the 1992 film “White Men Can’t Jump.”

Frazier is considered a top recruiter and one of the best young coaches in the nation. Rumors have already leaked out about him potentially bringing multiple players with him from Illinois to West Virginia, including former four star recruits Sencire Harris and Amani Hansberry.

Harris, a 6’3 guard from Akron, Ohio, entered the transfer portal after news of Frazier leaving for West Virginia started to come out. Harris was a four star recruit and ranked as the #62 player in the nation out of high school. As a freshman at Illinios two years ago, he averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, and then redshirted last season. He’s considered an elite defender and has a developing offensive game.

Hansberry,  a 6’8 forward from Baltimore, Maryland, is also a former four star recruit who has a tremendous relationship with Frazier. He was the 2023 Maryland Player of the Year. He averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game as a freshman in limited minutes last season, but he has huge upside and could potentially develop into a star player at West Virginia.

In addition, it appears that Kaden Magwood, a 6’3 point guard from Mouth of Wilson, Virginia in the 2025 class, could also follow Frazier to West Virginia. Magwood was previously linked to Illinois, but Frazier was his lead recruiter there and Magwood de-committed when the Frazier news leaked. West Virginia offered him on April 13 and it’s very likely that he commits soon.

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