Fraschilla Joins Men's Basketball's Class of 2017

Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker has picked up another commitment.

Point guard Matt Fraschilla, son of ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, committed to the Crimson on Tuesday, joining Zena Edosomwan and Hunter Myers in Harvard’s Class of 2017.

Fraschilla, a 5’10” point guard from Dallas, Texas, averaged 7.9 assists per game as a junior at Highland Park High School in the 2011-12 season.

“It’s a really great feeling,” said Fraschilla, who plans to study economics or government. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity to be able to go there and play for four years and potentially win four Ivy League titles and graduate with a degree.”

If Fraschilla had not ended up with the Crimson the point guard said he was planning on walking on at the University of Texas.


“They were great to me,” said Fraschilla of the Longhorns. “I went there and visited…. I’m really glad that this [Harvard] opportunity presented itself.”

Fraschilla, who considers himself a true point guard, does not expect to receive significant minutes as a rookie.

“We’re going to have a really good team,” Fraschilla said. “My role will probably be limited in terms of playing. I think in practice every day, pushing Siyani [Chambers]—my job will be to get them better every day, and you never know what can happen. You’re always one play away from being a backup or being a starter potentially.”

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