MANHATTAN — Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber finally has a full staff.
Nearly two months after arriving in Manhattan, he announced the hiring of Chester Frazier, who will serve as his third assistant along with Alvin Brooks III and Chris Lowery. Frazier has little formal coaching experience, but knows Weber well. He played point guard for him at Illinois, and briefly worked for him as a graduate assistant.
“I’m really excited about the addition of Chester to the staff,” Weber said in a statement released by K-State. “He’s another former player of mine who I think is going to be an outstanding coach. He’s sort of in the same mold as (current Vanderbilt coach) Kevin Stallings and (Purdue coach) Matt Painter, where I always knew he was going to be a coach.”
Frazier, 26, comes to K-State after playing professionally in Germany. He will bring a strong connection with current players and recruiting ties that the Wildcats’ other assistants lack. Frazier is from Baltimore, and was connected enough to get Rodney McGruder on the phone before Weber was hired at K-State.
“Chester is young and has ties to the East Coast, which were goals for my final assistant spot,” Weber said. “He’s a real student of the game and someone who I think will be able to develop strong relationships with our players.”
Frazier will earn a base salary of $135,000.
“I am incredibly excited to become a part of the Kansas State family,” Frazier said in a statement. “Coaching is my passion and I am looking forward to getting to work and to help build a winning culture here at K-State, along with the rest of the staff.”