Turlock High senior Kenny Fraser, the 6’6” leader on the court for Bulldogs basketball this past season, has settled on his destination after graduation. Fraser signed his letter of intent to play for the UC San Diego Tritons Wednesday afternoon where he is expected to receive significant minutes on the court his freshman year.
“I’m really excited. When I went down there to visit, I loved all the guys, the coaches, the area a lot. My brother’s down there, too, so that will be fun,” Fraser said. “I felt like I fit in well with all their players and their offensive schemes.”
Where and when Fraser would sign was the cause of much speculation his senior season. Averaging 17.5 points a game, 9.5 rebounds a game, and recording 12 double doubles through 28 games, Fraser was a hot commodity for schools like CSU Stanislaus and Chico State University who showed interest in the young man.
“I feel like I’ve changed a lot from junior to senior year, my role with the team. I became more of a leader my senior year and a better player all around, and I think that helped me get noticed over summer,” Fraser said.
The Bulldog will join a Triton team that posted an overall record of 15-11 and finished 11-11 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
“The thing about him is he’s got the outside game right now. He’s got to get stronger, physically, to bang on the inside, but he’s still a kid and that stuff will come as he matures. I’m excited to see how he brings his game to the next level,” Turlock head coach Doug Cornfoot said. “It’s going to be eye-opening for him, but I think he’s smart enough and tough enough to handle it and accept the challenge. I know he can get inside and take that pounding and physical play and not be afraid or intimidated by it, which is big when you go to a four year school.”