Jan. 9, 2018
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --- Dexter Frisbie hasn't disappeared.
At 6-11, 260, that's basically impossible.
Instead of disappearing, the 2016 graduate of Iberia is returning to form for the Missouri Southern Lions after last season's disappointing journey.
Frisbie, a redshirt sophomore, had a solid freshman campaign when he averaged five points and four rebounds a game. But last season was a non-starter --- he broke his left foot during the team's fourth practice in 2017, then as he was scheduled to return in mid-December, it was discovered he also had a stress fracture in his right foot.
There are bad breaks, then there are bad breaks.
Frisbie had surgeries on both feet and missed the entire season.
"He's had some tough breaks, but he's still working hard," Missouri Southern coach Jeff Boschee said." The good thing is, he's still a sophomore and he continues to get in the gym to work on his game.
"The more he does that and stays hungry, the better he's going to be."
Some players certainly would have disappeared after last season's incredible, double-dose of lousy luck, but not Frisbie.
"He's the type of kid that every coach wants on the team," Boschee said."He's a very positive individual and he understands his role, there's never any complaining from him."
The gentle giant says he's still not 100 percent.
"To be honest, I'm about 80 percent," Frisbie said. "It's been a year since I had surgery, so I think it's something I have to get used to. Hopefully, it gets better, I guess we'll see."
Missouri Southern came to Jefferson City on Saturday as the 20th-ranked Division II team in the country. Now, the Lions are unranked and not even receiving votes on the heels of their second straight loss, this one a 90-83 setback to the surging Lincoln Blue Tigers.
"We didn't come in locked in and ready to go." Frisbie said. "The last two games, we just haven't been playing our best.
"We just need to get our heads together, become as one, and get through it."
Win or lose, there's nothing quite like coming home. While Jefferson City is 45 miles north of Iberia, it's close enough.
"It was a pleasure to be back and see a lot of my friends and family," Frisbie said. "I didn't get the amount of playing time I wished for, but that's alright ... being a part of the team and being part of this program is the best part about it."
Frisbie only played one minute and had one foul to show for it. But he's played in 12 of the team's 14 games, averaging more than seven minutes of playing time, and 3.1 points and 2.2 rebounds.
"Being a big is one of the most important roles in basketball," Frisbie said, "and in the MIAA, you're going to see a lot of talented bigs. Like our big, (6-9 sophomore) Cam Martin, he's a phenomenal player (averaging 23 ppg, eight rbg.)
"I'm going to look up to him, learn some things from him, and maybe get more playing time."
What's Frisbie need to do to get better? A little bit of everything.
"I probably need to get my body weight a little lower," Frisbie said. "I'm at about 260 right now and I was at 300 coming to Missouri Southern. But if I get faster, be stronger down in the post, and improve my ability to shoot, I'll be alright."
Boschee sees good things in Frisbie's future, both this season and in the years to come.
"He'll definitely help us," Boschee said. "He's got such good size and he has really good feet, and that's something we always look for in bigs. He's got improve on his post moves and his ability to score around the basket, where we can give him the ball and say, 'Go get us a bucket.'
"That's a big thing for him and his future."
Rest assured, Frisbie won't give up and he won't disappear.
Missouri Southern redshirt sophomore Dexter Frisbie (center) encourages his Lion teammates during Saturday's game with the Lincoln Blue Tigers at Jason Gym.
Frisbie rounding back into form
after last season's disappointment