Stoudamire named district player of the year
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s basketball players Salim Stoudamire and Channing Frye were named to the All-District 9 team, in voting released Tuesday by the United States Basketball Writers Association.
Stoudamire and Frye were each named to the 10-man District 9 squad, which covers the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Alaska). Arizona was one of three schools to have two players earn all-district accolades.
Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1, 179-pound senior guard from Portland, Ore., earned district player-of-the-year honors after averaging a team-leading 18.2 points, to go with 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He is shooting 51.5 percent (169-of-328) from the field, including a nation’s best 53.0 percent (96-of-181) from three-point range, and 89.5 percent (94-of-10) from the free throw line. Stoudamire has finished in double figures 25 times in 2004-05, including 14 games with 20 or more points. It is the first time he has received all-district honors from the USBWA.
Frye, a 6-foot-11, 248-pound senior center from Phoenix, Ariz., is averaging 15.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots per game this season. He’s connected on 52.4 percent (178-of-340) of his field goal attempts and 83.5 percent (111-of-133) of his free throws. Through 30 games, Frye has six double-doubles to his credit and has scored in double figures in 21 consecutive games. He was a first team USBWA all-district selection last season as well.
Since 1986, Arizona players have amassed a total of 27 all-district honors from the USBWA. Included in that total are five district players of the year: Sean Elliott, 1988, 1989; Chris Mills, 1993; Jason Gardner, 2003; and Stoudamire.
No. 8 Arizona (25-5, 15-3 Pac-10) will next be in action on Thursday, March 10, at the 2005 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. The Wildcats open play in the quarterfinals against California. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. PST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.
United States Basketball Writers Association
All-District 9 (California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Alaska)
Ike Diogu, Arizona State
Channing Frye, Arizona
Daniel Kickert, St. Mary’s
Adam Morrison, Gonzaga
Christian Maraker, Pacific
Nate Robinson, Washington
Tre Simmons, Washington
Salim Stoudamire, Arizona
Dijon Thompson, UCLA
Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga
District Player of the Year: Salim Stoudamire, Arizona
District Coach of the Year: Bob Thomason, Pacific