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Report: SMU frosh Keith Frazier had failing grade changed as HS senior

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Keith Frazier was known as one of the top scorers in the class of 2013. (USATSI)
Keith Frazier was known as one of the top scorers in the class of 2013. (USATSI)

When Keith Frazier committed to SMU as a high school senior, it was considered a huge coup for the Mustangs. Frazier was a top-50 recruit, and had five-star ability as a scorer. According to a report, though, there is some question whether Frazier should have been able to graduate from Kimball High School in Texas.

Frazier had at least one failing grade changed to passing, according to an internal investigation by the Dallas Independent School District. WFAA, an ABC affiliate in Texas, is reporting the news.

According to a DISD audit report obtained by WFAA, Frazier was behind in, or failing, at least three classes in the final days of school in 2013. The report also found that Frazier did not have the necessary class hours to graduate.

His NCAA eligibility was in jeopardy, investigators said.

On May 29, a week after the final days of class for seniors, Frazier's "failing" grade in physics was mysteriously changed to "passing," the report states.

According to the report, Kimball soccer coach and teacher's assistant Demarco King improperly pressured Frazier's physics teacher to change Frazier's grade. When the teacher refused, King admitted to investigators that he changed the grade himself.

That brings into question what SMU knew about Frazier's academic issues and whether they knew about his grade change. The school hasn't released a statement on the allegations.

Frazier, a 6-foot-5 guard, was ranked No. 27 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2013. He is averaging 5.6 points for SMU this season.

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