GRAMBLING — Former Webster High School great, Wilbert Frazier will be inducted in the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday at the Hobdy Assembly Center on the campus of Grambling State University.
Frazier, a 6'7" forward/center led the Webster Wolves (coached by the legendary Ozias Johnson) to back to back Louisiana Boys High School Basketball (LIALO) State Championships in 1959-60 & 1960-61.
Frazier also led the 1960-61 Webster High Championship team to the finals of the National Invitational Interscholastic Basketball Tournament held at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Webster High came up short in the championship game 73-70, where they battled Burt High of Clarksville, Tennessee. The Burt High team was coached by future Alcorn University coach Davey Whitney who later won distinction by being the first
African-American coach to win a game in the NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament.
Frazier was a four year stand-out at forward for the Grambling Tigers basketball team. He and teammate Willis Reed led the Tigers to SWAC championships in 1963 & 1964. Wilbert led the Tigers in scoring his senior year with a 29.3 points per game average & averaged 14.3 rebounds per game.
The Reed-Frazier combination led Grambling to the final four of the 1963 NAIA NIT & the duo solidified the Tigers third place finish with a 107-86 win over Fort Hays State.
Wilbert Frazier was the first pick of the second round (12th pick overall) of the San Francisco Warriors in the 1965 NBA draft. After a brief career in San Francisco, Frazier opted to join the Houston Mavericks of the newly formed
American Basketball Association. National sports writers (including Ebony Magazine) called Frazier one of the few bright spots on the upstart Mavericks team. Frazier scored 945 points and pulled down 666 rebounds during his first professional season with the Mavericks.
Frazier was traded to the New York Nets for the 1968-69 season where he played in 75 of 78 games, scored 554 points and had 416 rebounds.