Andrews, Frazier Best Friends On and Off Court

Freshman Kanedria Andrews signed with LA Tech along with her best friend, Whitney Frazier.
 
Freshman Kanedria Andrews signed with LA Tech along with her best friend, Whitney Frazier.
 

Nov. 15, 2011

Whitney Frazier and Kanedria Andrews have played basketball together since signing up for the Boys and Girls Club in El Dorado in elementary school.

During their time together on the hardwood they have had plenty of success whether at the Boys and Girls Club, on the AAU scene, at Barton Middle School or at El Dorado High School.

Frazier and Andrews have been synonymous with winning.

Most recently, the dynamic duo - who are now roommates in college - helped lead coach Stephen Harshaw and the El Dorado High School Wildcats to the Arkansas Class 5A state title as seniors.

It was a fitting end to two brilliant high school careers and a fitting send off to the next stage of their lives ... the college scene.

They've now taken their show an hour south down the road to Ruston where they are both making the transition to the Division I level at Louisiana Tech under the tutelage of Lady Techster head coach Teresa Weatherspoon.

Both said the decision to come to Ruston was an easy one.

"I really liked how the team played together," said Frazier, a 6-foot forward who chose LA Tech over Arkansas, Missouri, UALR and Ole Miss. "I liked Coach (Spoon). I wanted to go somewhere that I knew I would really learn something. Coach Spoon played the game. I liked that.

"I also liked the fan support for the Lady Techsters. You usually don't see that except for football and (men's) basketball. The fans really love this program."

Although a little more conservative with her words, Andrews agreed.

"It was coach Weatherspoon," Andrews said. "I just love her. I knew she would be a great coach."

In fact the day that Andrews signed her national letter of intent to play at Louisiana Tech, she got a little emotional.

 

 

"I cried," she said. "It's always been my dream to go to Louisiana Tech."

Whatever the reasons for choosing Louisiana Tech, the Lady Techster fan base now includes the greater El Dorado area thanks to the signing of these two as well as Savanna Langston.

"We need to go hang some (Lady Techster) posters in El Dorado," Frazier said. "We have some fans up there."

Lady Techster fans are the real winners as they will now get an opportunity to watch the self-proclaimed "best friends" play together for yet another four years.

"It's good to have someone with you that you have been playing with since fifth grade," Frazier said. "It's good because when we have a bad practice, we can talk to each other and lift each other up. We can catch a ride home together ... and Savanna too.

"All three of us started out playing together. In eighth or ninth grade, Savanna went to another team. But we still went to watch her games and she would come to support us."

Frazier and Andrews' friendship was built over the years, and it could be a textbook case of opposites attracting. They both love the game of basketball. Off the court, the similarities are few and far between.

Frazier is verbose and outgoing.

Andrews is much more reserved.

However, they are both quite the characters.

"I love animals," said Frazier, who ironically enough is nicknamed Bambi. "We have pit bulls ... like 10 of them. We raise and breed them. We live out in the woods."

And her best friend, Nedria?

"I am scared of all animals," Andrews said. "I don't' know why. I'm just scared of them. I don't like them. I've always been afraid of them. If I hear you have a dog, I will not go to your house."

The jury is still out as to how Andrews will react the first time Tech XX steps onto the Thomas Assembly Center floor for a game.

While Andrews steers clear of anything on four legs, Frazier enjoys not only being around them ... but raising them.

"We used to have pigs," Frazier said. "I used to be big into 4-H. Karl Malone bought my pig at the Arkansas State Fair. I was in like seventh grade. My pig Pinkie ... I loved that pig!"

Frazier loves to read - "I like romantic stuff" - while Andrews likes to sleep.

Andrews wants to become a coach or a psychiatrist - "I want to teach or to help people" - while Frazier wants to own her own shoe store.

And each one of them knows the other the best.

"(Kanedria) always has funny sayings," Frazier said. "What else about Nedria? She is quiet. Around us she is really funny. Around coach Spoon, you don't hear her say anything."

"(Whitney) is crazy," Andrews said lovingly, holding back a smile.

The best friends will continue to see their "celebrity" status grow back home -- and in Ruston -- over the next four years as they become an integral part of the continued success of the Lady Techster program.