TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s basketball players Channing Frye and Salim Stoudamire were selected in the 2005 NBA Draft, held Tuesday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Frye, a 6-foot-11, 248-pound center from Phoenix, Ariz., was selected with the eighth pick of the first round by the New York Knicks. He earned All-America honors for the first time in his career in 2004-05 by leading Arizona in field goal percentage (.554), rebounding (7.6 rpg) and blocked shots (2.3 bpg). Frye ranked second on the team in scoring (15.8 ppg) and free throw percentage (.830). He finished in double figures 32 times in 2004-05, including a streak of 25 consecutive. Frye posted nine double-doubles as a senior. He ranks eighth on the Arizona career points scored list with 1,789 and ranks second with 258 career blocked shots.
“It’s a credit to Channing’s character and his work ethic that he was able to build himself into a first-round pick,” said head coach Lute Olson. “The Knicks have liked Channing for a long time so being selected there didn’t surprise me.”
Frye scored in double figures in 92 of 133 career appearances and grabbed double-figure rebounds on 35 occasions. He posted career averages of 13.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game, while shooting 56.2 percent from the floor and making 119 starts.
Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1, 179-pound guard from Portland, Ore., was selected with the first pick of the second round (31st overall) by the Atlanta Hawks. He earned All-America honors four times in his career by leading Arizona in scoring (18.4 ppg), free throw percentage (.910), three-point field goal percentage (.504), and three point field goals made (3.33 per game) in 2004-05. He ranked second on the team in field goal percentage, hitting 50.4 percent of his shots. Stoudamire finished in double figures 30 times as a senior, including 16 games with 20 or more points. He ranks fourth on the Arizona career points scored list with 1,960. He was a first team John R. Wooden Award All-American and a second team All-America selection by the Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association.
“I think Atlanta got the best shooter in the country in Salim,” said head coach Lute Olson. “It will be a great opportunity for him to come in and contribute right away.”
One of the finest shooters in NCAA history, Stoudamire closed his career tied for ninth place on the NCAA Division I three-point field goal percentage list at 45.8 percent and tied for 18th place on the three-point field goals made list with 342. He scored in double figures in 93 of 129 career appearances. Stoudamire posted career averages of 15.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and making 117 starts.
Frye is the 14th Arizona player to be selected in the first round and the program’s eighth “Lottery Pick” since 1989, the year the NBA Draft was shortened to two rounds. In that span, Arizona leads the nation in overall draft picks with 26. Frye and Stoudamire are the 56th and 57th Arizona products to be selected in the NBA Draft since 1948.
In his 32-year collegiate coaching career, Lute Olson has now produced 51 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona.
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