NUMBERS

Arizona's Numbers Game: Basketball: Rooks vs. Frye: Both gave Cats muscle in middle

2013-06-05T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:32:04Z Arizona's Numbers Game: Basketball: Rooks vs. Frye: Both gave Cats muscle in middlePatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

For decades, the Arizona Wildcats' best players have been synonymous with the numbers they've worn on their jerseys.

But not all numbers are unique. So we decided to ask the question: Who is the quintessential player to wear that number?

Who wore it best?

The number: 45

The showdown: Sean Rooks vs. Channing Frye

The comparison

Sean Rooks (1988-92)

The stats: In four years, Rooks averaged 11.6 points, still No. 15 on the Wildcats' all-time list.

The details: Rooks redshirted as a freshman and built himself into a stud, averaging 12.7 points as a sophomore, 11.9 as a junior and 16.3 - with 6.9 rebounds - as a senior.

The postscript: The second-round 1992 NBA draft pick played 12 seasons in the league; his son, Kameron, just signed with Cal.

Channing Frye (2001-05)

The stats: His 1,789 career points - or 13.5 per game - over four years ranks ninth on the Wildcats' all-time list. No one ahead of him was more efficient than Frye's 56.2 percent afield.

The details: Frye averaged 14.3 points and 9.6 rebounds in 12 career NCAA tournament games. The two-time first-team All-Pac-12 player left school as the UA's No. 2 all-time shot-blocker and No. 3 all-time rebounder.

The postscript: The eighth pick in the 2005 NBA draft, Frye played for three teams before missing last season with an enlarged heart.

The one-sentence debate: Frye never averaged what Rooks did in 1992, but he ranked higher in rebounds, blocks and consistency.

On StarNet: What's your take? Visit the Arizona Daily Star online at azstarnet.com/polls and vote for who you think wore it best.

Who wore it best?

No. 45

Sean Rooks C • 1988-1992

11.6

Points per game, still No. 15 on Arizona's all-time list

Channing Frye C • 2001-2005

56.2

Career shooting percentage

Reeves vs. Woods

• Tuesday's question: Who wore No. 3 better - Khalid Reeves or Loren Woods?

• Results: Reeves wins, 89 percent

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