Addison Frazier, a senior player on the White County High School Warriorette basketball team, has signed with Roane State to continue her basketball career next season.
Frazier said when she received the offer to continue playing the game she loves and to which she has devoted much of her time, she was both excited and grateful.
“I would like to thank all the coaches from middle school and high school,” Frazier said. “I would also like to thank my AAU coaches for the off-season. A big thanks to Jason for all the time and effort he put into making me the player I am.”
Frazier said she knows she didn’t make her basketball journey alone and the reward is not only a result of the work she put in but of all those who invested in her.
“Lastly I would like to thank my parents for spending all their time and money into letting me follow my dreams,” Frazier said.
She went on to say that hard work and patience are the lessons she has learned the most and both have proven to serve her well.
“High school basketball creates the most amazing memories and lessons that I will use forever,” Frazier said. “I had to wait my turn, but in the end it all paid off.”
Frazier was not an immediate starter or superstar for the Warriorettes when she entered high school, but she stayed the course, put in the hours on the court, and wouldn’t give up on her dreams of playing college basketball and, through it all, was able to stay true to herself and keep a sense of both reality and humor.
“I definitely grew mentally, not really physically, seeing that I am 5’3”, but I saw the court better and handled my emotions better from freshman year to now,” she said.
Frazier said she believes the lessons she learned on the basketball courts in White County will be the ones that will help her as she navigates this next stage of life and pursues her goal of becoming a special education teacher.
“Being an athlete definitely helps me stay in line and keep my grades up,” she said. “It taught me to humble myself and always think of others.”
She went on to say that she will continue to hold herself to the highest standards, both on and off the court.
“My goal for next year is to be the best player I can be and help my team with whatever I need to do,” Frazier said.
She said she can’t wait to make new memories with teammates and to develop the friendships that will come from working together toward a common goal.
As for the teammates with whom she has spent the last seven years making memories and growing friendships, Frazier said she will always be rooting for them, too.
“I am forever thankful for my group of seniors; we have played together since 6th grade, and I couldn’t be more proud and honored to have played with you,” she said.
Then, in the humble spirit that she said sports has helped her to develop, she gave a shoutout to her fellow seniors who will also be continuing their basketball careers at the college level.
“A big good luck to Gracie Dodgen and Morgan Quick as they head to college and play at the next level,” Frazier said. “I know y’all will do great. As to the players that are playing at White County next year, keep working hard. Nothing is ever given. The person below you is always going to try and outwork you, so always be the one on top.”
But Frazier realizes that everyone needs a pep talk and some advice, so she had one last piece of advice – for herself. Advice that she realizes she may have to remind herself of often but advice she knows she may have to repeat often. And she’s OK with that. After all, she knows there is still a lot of work to be put in to keep living her dream.
Frazier concluded, “My advice for myself is to believe in yourself when no one else does.”