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Stoudamire, Frye Make Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/05/2004
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 TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s basketball players Channing Frye and Salim Stoudamire were named to the 2004-05 John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-America team, it was announced Thursday by the award’s national preseason selection committee.

 

The Wildcat duo is included among a list of 50 student-athletes who are under consideration for the 2005 John R. Wooden Award, which is given annually to college basketball’s player of the year.  Arizona is one of 11 schools nationally to have two or more players appear on the preseason top-50 list.

 

Frye, a 6-foot-11, 248-pound senior center from Phoenix, Ariz., 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).  It is the second consecutive year that Frye has been honored by the Wooden Award selection committee.

 

Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1, 177-pound senior guard from Portland, Ore., averaged 16.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in 2003-04.  He shot .452 from the floor (151-of-334) and .415 (78-of-188) from three-point range to earn honorable mention all-Pac-10 accolades.  He also tallied career highs 86 assists and 79 rebounds in 29 games last year.  Stoudamire heads into his senior campaign as the Pac-10’s active career leader in scoring (1,298 points) and three-point field goals (222).

 

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is one of the most prestigious honors in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his university that he is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

 

The 2005 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 9, 2005 and will be broadcast live on CBS-TV.

 

Frye and Stoudamire are among 10 returning squadmen from last season’s 20-10 club that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

 

 

2004-05 Wooden Award Preseason

All-American Team  - Top 50 Candidates

(Based on a preseason poll.  Players listed alphabetically.)

 

1.                  Sean

Banks

6’8”

So.

F

Memphis

Andrew

Bogut

7’0”

So.

F/C

Utah

Kevin

Bookout

6’8”

Jr.

F

Oklahoma

Daniel

Brown

5’11”

Jr.

G

Illinois

Taylor

Coppenrath

6’9”

Sr.

F

Vermont

Paul

Davis

6’11’

Jr.

C

Michigan State

Travis

Diener

6’1”

Sr.

F

Marquette

Ike

Diogu

6’8”

Jr.

F

Arizona State

B.J.

Elder

6’4”

Sr.

G/F

Georgia Tech

Raymond

Felton

6’0”

Jr.

G

North Carolina

Torin

Francis

6’10”

Jr.

F/C

Notre Dame

Channing

Frye

6’10”

Sr.

F

Arizona

Francisco

Garcia

6’10”

Jr.

F

Louisville

John

Gilchrist

6’3”

Jr.

G

Maryland

Ryan

Gomes *

6’8”

Sr.

F

Providence

Joey

Graham Arizona Men's Basketball

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