Basketball banquet a hit for all in attendance

Lute Olson joked about the Lute Bobblehead being "grotesque." Channing Frye surprised everyone with his wit and even Will Bynum and Salim Stoudamire found words that's entertained everyone in attendance when called to the podium. But Rick Anderson was definitely the biggest hit at the affair that honored the 2001-02 Wildcat Basketball team.

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Anderson sang and played the guitar as part a gag gift for his roommate Isaiah Fox.

Anderson's rendition of "Your a Fox" drew a standing ovation. Here are the lyrics to  the song written by Rick Anderson:

It's early in the morning
He's wondering what shoes to were
He puts on his lotion, three coats
And brushes his short black hair

And then he askes me, with a smile
Stick, do i look alright
And I said, Yes, you look like a fox tonight!

It's time for the game now
And the crowd turns to see
Isiah standing oh so tall
Playing with his nasty go-tee

And then he askes me
As the game begins
He say's
Stick, do i still look like a fox tonight

You look like a Fox, standing tall
Beneath the Wildcat lights
And the wonder, of it all
Is that you just don't realize that you are a SUPERSTAR!

The rest the program was almost as entertaining, but Anderson obviously was a tough act to  follow.

Salim Stoudamire and Luke Walton took home the most hardware.

Stoudamire was honored as the Best Defensive Player, won the free throw percentage award and was named the teams top freshman. Walton was named team co-MVP, awarded the Golden A award for his combination of classroom and on-the-court performance along with his leadership. He also won the team assist award. Each player was responsible for presenting a gift to a fellow player, usually a roommate, and most of the gifts were presented with a touch a humor. However, when Walton said he had a gift for Jason Gardner, it came with a stipulation.

"You only get this gift if you promise you're coming back next year," Walton said, and the crowd gave Gardner a standing ovation when came to the podium to except his gift.

"I'll be back," Gardner said. "I promise."

Gardner was named co-MVP and won the team steals award.

Will Bynum and Channing Frye were named co-Most Improved Player. Dennis Latimore was given the Freshman Academic award and Jason Raney the Sophomore Academic award.

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