Stoudamire : Pac-10 Freshman of the Year

University of Arizona guard Salim Stoudamire was selected as the 2001-02 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Freshman of the Year Wednesday in voting released by the league's head coaches.

Stoudamire became the fourth UA player to earn leagueFreshmen-of-the-Year honors. Sean Elliott was the frist in 1986, Mike Bibby followed in 1997 and Michael Wright earned the award in 1999.

Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1, 176-pound native of Portland, Ore., finished the regular season averaging 12.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists, while averaging 30.2 minutes per game. Stoudamire is also shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, including 44.1 percent from the line, and currently leads the nation in free throw shooting at 93.3 percent.

Channing Frye was named to the league's all-Freshman team, while juniors Jason Gardner and Luke Walton were selected to the Pacific-10 all-Conference team, .

Gardner, a 5-foot-10, 181-pounnd guard from Indianapolis, Ind., returns to the all-Pac-10 team after being so honored as a freshman in 2000. He currently ranks second in the league in scoring (20.6 ppg), fifth in assists (4.68 apg) and steals (1.79 spg), and first in three-point field goals made (94).

Frye, a 6-foot-10, 222-pound center from Phoenix, Ariz., was selected to the all-Freshman team after averaging 9.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.39 blocked shots. It also marks the third time in the last four seasons that Arizona has had two players on the league's all-freshman team

Walton, a 6-foot-8, 241-pound forward from San Diego, Calif., earned all-conference kudos for the first time in his career. A versatile performer, Walton currently leads the Pac-10 in assists (6.44 apg), and ranks 12th in scoring (15.1 ppg), sixth in steals (1.76 spg) and seventh in rebounding (7.4 rpg).

All told, it was Arizona's 28th all-conference selections and the 14th all-freshmen picks.

Former Wildcat All-American Sean Elliott was also inducted into the Pac-10's inaugural Hall of Honor.

2001-02 Pacific-10 Conference Postseason Honors

All-Pac-10 Curtis Borchardt, Jr., C, Stanford
Sam Clancy, Sr., F, USC
Jason Gardner, Jr., G, Arizona
Casey Jacobsen, Jr., G/F, Stanford
Frederick Jones, Sr., G, Oregon
Jason Kapono, Jr., F, UCLA
Chad Prewitt, Sr., F/C, Arizona State
Luke Ridnour, So., G, Oregon
Luke Walton, Jr., F, Arizona
Doug Wrenn, So., F, Washington

Errick Craven, G, USC
Channing Frye, C, Arizona
Jamal Sampson, C, California
Salim Stoudamire, G, Arizona
Amit Tamir, C/F, California

Player of the Year: Sam Clancy, USC
Freshman of the Year: Salim Stoudamire, Arizona
Coach of the Year: Ernie Kent, Oregon


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