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Penn State's Tim Frazier will get one more year with the team

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Tim Frazier's return means extremely good things next season for Penn State. Big Ten contender? (USATSI)

The Big Ten on Wednesday granted senior Penn State point guard Tim Frazier a fifth year of eligibility.

Frazier's case is tied to injury -- or recovery from one. The medical hardship waiver the conference cleared allows Frazier to play one more season of hoops. Frazier is PSU's best player, so this is an absolute boon to a team looking to make a jolt in a league that will be good next season, but not quite as ferocious as it was in 2012-13.

Frazier went down last November with a left Achilles injury. The incident was soon enough into the season that Frazier did not play enough games to exhaust his eligibility for one more season. So here we are.

And you know what's really surprising? This news means Penn State has the top three leading scorers in the Big Ten heading into next season. Frazier averaged 18.8 points in the 2011-12 season, and guards D.J. Newbill and Jermaine Marshall put up 16.3 and 15.3 points per game last season, respectively.

"He is doing very well," PSU coach Pat Chambers said of Frazier, in a statement. "We are thrilled for him that he will have the opportunity to finish his career strong and again place himself among the top players in the nation."

Frazier made the 2012 All-Big Ten first team and was No. 54 on our Top 100 players in college hoops list from last fall. The school reports Frazier's recovery is going as scheduled, with running and jump-roping now factored into his rehabilitation. Frazier is in line to get his undergraduate degree in May; Penn State's release states he'll pursue a second major over the summer.

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