Senior duo also voted team captains by teammates
TUCSON, Ariz. + Salim Stoudamire and Channing Frye were named the Arizona men’s basketball co-most valuable players as part of the awards presented Monday night at the team’s annual awards banquet held at the Loews Ventana Canyon resort.
Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1, 179-pound senior guard from Portland, Ore., shared Most Valuable Player honors after averaging a team-leading 18.4 points, to go with 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He is shooting 51.6 percent (188-of-364) from the field, including a nation’s best 52.5 percent (106-of-117) from three-point range, and 90.6 percent (106-of-117) from the free throw line. Stoudamire has finished in double figures 27 times in 2004-05, including 15 games with 20 or more points. He also earned the Captains Award, co-Best Defensive Player and the best free throw percentage.
Frye, a 6-foot-11, 248-pound senior center from Phoenix, Ariz., shared the honors while averaging 15.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots per game this season. He’s connected on 54.3 percent (201-of-370) of his field goal attempts and 84.3 percent (118-of-140) of his free throws. Through 33 games, Frye has six double-doubles to his credit and has scored in double figures in 24 consecutive games and 30 times overall. He also earned the Captains Award and most rebounds.
Hassan Adams joined Stoudamire as the evening’s most decorated player, as he earned the co-Most Inspirational, co-Best Defensive Player, co-Mr. Hustle and Most Steals. Other players honored included Ivan Radenovic (co-Most Improved, Coaches Award), Kirk Walters (co-Most Improved), Mustafa Shakur (Coaches Award, Most Assists), Bret Brielmaier (co-Mr. Hustle), Isaiah Fox (Most Inspirational) and Jawann McClellan (Outstanding Freshman).
The awards presented at the banquet were as follows:
Academic Award: Mohamed Tangara
Outstanding Freshman: Jawann McClellan
Most Rebounds: Channing Frye
Best Free Throw %: Salim Stoudamire
Most Steals: Hassan Adams
Most Assists: Mustafa Shakur
The Wildcats (27-6 overall, 15-3 Pac-10) are next in action on Thursday, March 17, vs. Utah State in the first round of the NCAA Chicago Regional in Boise, Idaho. Arizona is making its 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.