Wildcat All-American under consideration for NCAA honor
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s basketball player Channing Frye was selected as the male winner of the 2004-05 Pacific-10 Conference Sportsmanship Award in voting done by the league’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
A 6-foot-11, 248-pound center from Phoenix, Ariz., Frye’s team-first attitude helped him earn the honor, which is given to a male and female student-athlete within the conference who best exemplifies the characteristics of good sportsmanship.
According to associate head coach Jim Rosborough, “Channing took great pride in wearing the Arizona uniform and went to great lengths to represent it proudly. His view of success began and ended with team. He is the first to help someone who has fallen. He readily praises an opponent for an outstanding effort. Channing never blames an official, and clearly recognizes that hard work has put him where he is today.”
An All-American, all-NCAA Regional and all-conference selection as a senior, Frye averaged 15.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game in 2004-05. He finished his career ranked in the top 10 in 10 Arizona career statistical categories. Frye was the 2005 recipient of the Sapphire Award, which is given annually to UA's top male student-athlete.
“I want to thank the Pac-10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for honoring me,” said Frye. “I’ve always tried to represent Arizona to the best of my abilities. To be recognized by your fellow competitors makes this award very special to me.”
Frye is the first University of Arizona student-athlete to earn this honor, which is in its second year of existence. Both Frye and Cara Chlebicki of California, the Pac-10’s female Sportsmanship Award winner, are under consideration for the male and female NCAA Sportsmanship Award, which will be announced in July.
“Channing is a model student-athlete and certainly deserving of this award,” said Becky Bell, Director of Arizona’s C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program. “How he carried himself on and off the court is a point of pride for everyone at the University of Arizona.”