6-foot-11 senior center one of 10 players to be honored
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s basketball player Channing Frye was named to the 2004-05 Playboy magazine Preseason All-America team, it was announced Thursday by sports editor Gary Cole.
Frye joins a list of 10 student-athletes that make up the team, including Ike Diogu (Arizona State), Francisco Garcia (Louisville), Julius Hodge (North Carolina State), John Lucas, Jr. (Oklahoma State), Sean May (North Carolina), Chris Paul (Wake Forest), Wayne Simien (Kansas), Hakim Warrick (Syracuse), and Jeron Williams (Illinois). Michigan State’s Chris Hill was selected as the publication’s Anson Mount Scholar/Athlete Award winner.
This is a good start to the season,” said Frye. “It’s always nice when someone recognizes all the hard work and effort I’ve put into my game.”
A 6-foot-11, 248-pound senior center from Phoenix, Ariz., Frye averaged 15.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 2003-04. A first-team all-Pac-10 pick a year ago, Frye led the conference and ranked 26th nationally with 2.1 blocked shots per game. He also ranked 48th nationally with a .548 field goal percentage. Frye is the Pac-10’s active career leader in rebounds (693) and blocked shots (173).
Frye is the fist Wildcat to be selected to the Playboy Preseason All-America team since Luke Walton in 2002-03.
Frye is one 10 returning squadmen from last season’s 20-10 club that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.