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Dynamic Duo Excited to Reunite

Backcourt set to drive Penn State men's basketball.
UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - They're finally back together on the court.
For the first time since early last season, D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier will be suited up at the same time for the Nittany Lions.

“It's gonna be great to have another player on my side and as far as D.J.,” Frazier says. “With his physicality and what he does and what he brings to the team, it's going to be great to have that on my side.”

Head coach Patrick Chambers says he expects either Frazier or Newbill to lead the team in points regularly.
Both players will balance their roles as scorers and creators after playing just three full games together last year.

“We just try to share the ball and make plays for each other and the other people around us,” Newbill says.

As for Frazier, he's more explosive than ever after rehabbing from his Achilles’ injury.
The all-big ten guard actually gained height on his vertical jump - it's up to 35.5 inches.
Combine that with a new officiating emphasis on limiting hand checks by defenders, and Chambers says his point guard will be very hard to stop.

“When he goes, you better sprint and try to get in front of him,” Chambers says of Frazier. “And that's very hard to do with his speed. Once he goes by you, he's by you. You're not catching back up to him, even when the ball's in his hands, which is pretty amazing.”

The Nittany Lions start the regular season on Nov. 9 when they host Wagner at the Bryce Jordan Center.
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