Channing Frye and Salim Stoudamire Named to Wooden Award Preseason Team

Aug. 6, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball players Channing Frye and Salim Stoudamire were named to the 2003-04 John R. Wooden Award Preseason All-America team, it was announced Wednesday 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 2004 John R. Wooden Award, which is given annually to college basketball's player of the year. Arizona is one of 12 schools nationally to have two players appear on the preseason top-50 list.

Frye, a 6-foot-10, 238-pound junior center from Phoenix, Ariz., averaged 12.6 points and a team-leading 8.0 rebounds in 2002-03. An honorable mention all-Pac-10 selection a year ago, Frye ranked third in the conference and 29th nationally with a 56.9 field goal percentage. He also ranked second in the Pac-10 with 60 blocked shots. Nine of his 15 career double-doubles came last season. It is the first time he has been recognized by the Wooden Award selection committee.

Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1, 176-pound junior guard from Portland, Ore., averaged 13.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists as a started in 27 of 30 appearances. He shot 47.3 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent from three-point range, while knocking down 86.4 percent of his free throw attempts. An outstanding shooter, Stoudamire currently ranks second on Arizona's career three-point field goal percentage (.444), while his 144 career treys already ranks ninth on the UA career list. It is also Stoudamire's first career honor from the Wooden Award selection committee.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor 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. Previous winners include such notables as Michael Jordan (1984), Larry Bird (1979) and Tim Duncan (1997).

The 2004 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American team and the presentation of the Legends of Coaching Award, will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on Saturday, April 10, 2004, and will be broadcast live on CBS-TV.

Frye and Stoudamire are among nine returning squadmen from last season's 28-4 club that won the Pac-10 championship and advanced to the NCAA West Regional final.

2003-04 Wooden Award Preseason All-American Team
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)

Name                     Ht.    Yr.    Pos.     SchoolAndre Barrett           5'10'	Sr.	G	Seton HallKevin Bookout   	6'8'	So.	F	OklahomaDee  Brown      	5'11'	So.	G	IllinoisJosh Childress  	6'8'	Jr.	F	StanfordPaul Davis      	6'11'	So.	C	Michigan StateTravis Diener   	6'1'	Jr.	G	MarquetteIke  Diogu      	6'8'	So.	F	Arizona StateChris Duhon     	6'1'	Sr.	G	DukeAndre Emmett    	6'5'	Sr.	F	Texas TechRaymond Felton  	6'0'	So.	G	North CarolinaGerald Fitch     	6'3'	Sr.	G	KentuckyLuis Flores     	6'2'	Sr.	G	ManhattanTorin Francis   	6'10'	So.	F/C	Notre DameMatt Freije     	6'9'	Sr.	F	VanderbiltChanning Frye   	6'10'	Jr.	F	ArizonaFrancisco Garcia	6'10'	Jr.	F	LouisvilleRyan Gomes      	6'8'	Jr.	F	ProvidenceBen Gordon      	6'2'	Jr.	G	ConnecticutDavid Harrison  	7'0'	Jr.	C	ColoradoChris Hill      	6'3'	Jr.	G	Michigan StateJulius Hodge    	6'6'	Jr.	G	North Carolina StateDaniel Horton    	6'3'	So.	G	MichiganLuke Jackson     	6'7'	Sr.	F	OregonArthur Johnson  	6'9'	Sr.	C	MissouriKeith Langford  	6'4'	Jr.	F	KansasDavid Lee       	6'8'	Jr.	F	FloridaJason Maxiell   	6'7'	Sr.	F	CincinnatiRashad McCants  	6'3'	So.	F	North CarolinaGerry McNamara  	6'2'	So.	G	SyracuseMarcus Moore    	6'3'	Sr.	G	Washington StateBrandon Mouton  	6'4'	Sr.	G	TexasJameer Nelson   	6'1'	Sr.	G	St. Joseph'sEmeka Okafor    	6'9'	Jr.	F/C	ConnecticutJulius Page     	6'3'	Sr.	G	PittsburghRickey Paulding  	6'5'	Sr.	G	MissouriJ.J. Redick     	6'4'	So.	G	DukeDarius Rice     	6'10'	Sr.	F	MiamiLawrence Roberts	6'9'	Jr.	F	BaylorRomain Sato     	6'5'	Sr.	G	XavierWayne Simien    	6'8'	Jr.	F	KansasCraig Smith     	6'7'	So.	F	Boston CollegeBlake Stepp     	6'4'	Sr.	G	GonzagaSalim Stoudamire	6'1'	Jr.	G	ArizonaAmit Tamir      	6'10'	Jr.	F/C	CaliforniaChris Thomas    	6'1'	Jr.	G	Notre DameJames Thomas    	6'8'	Sr.	C	TexasCory Violette    	6'8'	Sr.	F/C	GonzagaMatt Walsh      	6'6'	So.	F	FloridaHakim Warrick   	6'9'	Jr.	F	SyracuseBracey Wright   	6'3'	So.	G	Indiana

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