After signing five incoming recruits during the early signing period, UAB struck with two more recruits during the regular signing period, junior college transfers Chad Frazier and Thaddeus Rideau.
Frazier is notable for having been previously verbally pledged to the Texas A&M Aggies and Oklahoma State Cowboys. He was considered to be among the top-25 junior college prospects in the country as a 6′-4″ point guard, and had a strong sophomore season at Gulf Coast JC (FL) in which he averaged better than 15 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds per game.
Given his impressive pedigree, Frazier can potentially be an impact player going forward. He’s joined by Riddeau, who is a 6′-4″ shooting guard from Brown Mackie (KS). As a sophomore, he scored 20 points per game, with an impressive 47% from the floor field goal percentage.
Regarding Riddeau, UAB coach Jerod Haase said in a release:
“Thad is an explosive scorer and tremendous athlete. His length and athleticism will fill a need on next year’s team. His maturity and desire to win will have a positive impact in our program. He’s been well coached by Coach (Francis) Flax at Brown Mackie and we know he’s coming in prepared.”
UAB is currently composed of an interesting roster for next year. They have several players with extensive experience, while more than half of the roster is incoming signees. It should be interesting how Haase builds the Blazers’ program for the future, as he opens his second season at the helm. At a minimum Frazier, and potentially Rideau, will be a big part of next season’s plans at UAB.--------------------------------------------
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