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Former SMU, Kimball guard Keith Frazier headed to North Texas

In a move that was expected, former SMU guard and Kimball graduate Keith Frazier is transferring to North Texas, said Erven Davis, Frazier's former AAU coach.

Davis said Frazier called UNT coach Tony Benford on Wednesday to say that he was coming. Frazier is in the process of enrolling at the school and should join the team in the next few days, a source told the Denton Record-Chronicle. UNT's students began semester classes Tuesday.

A McDonald's All-America at Kimball, Frazier was SMU coach Larry Brown's marquee signee.

The 6-5 guard averaged 11.9 points in 10 games as a junior this season before leaving the program for personal reasons. Royce Johnson, his former high school coach, said Frazier was struggling with the perception that he was to blame for SMU being hit with NCAA penalties.

Frazier was at the center of the NCAA investigation which resulted in sanctions, including a postseason ban this season. The investigation revealed that a former SMU secretary completed an online course for Frazier in 2013.

Frazier, who started the first seven games, also was reportedly upset at being replaced in the starting lineup by freshman Shake Milton.

Brown met with Frazier last week in the hope of keeping him, saying that he would continue to offer support. Frazier could not be reached for comment.

"He told me he wanted a fresh start," Brown said.

The Mustangs, ranked No. 8 by The Associated Press, are the nation's only undefeated team, improving to 18-0 after Tuesday's victory over Houston.

Frazier will be a midterm transfer and will be eligible at the semester break next season. UNT (7-11) is expcted to add Frazier to a core of players who are scheduled to return next season, including guards J-Mychal Reese and Deckie Johnson and forward Jeremy Combs.

"After considering a lot of other schools, he just felt North Texas was the best place for him," Davis said. "He can be a leader on a real up-and-coming team."

Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle contributed to this report.

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