Channing Frye Draft Capsule
VITALS: 6-11, 248, Arizona
OVERVIEW: A two-time All-Pac-10 performer, Frye averaged 15.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game as a senior. His 85 blocked shots were fifth best in conference history and second in Arizona annals. A big-game performer, Frye averaged 14.3 points and 9.6 rebounds while shooting 55.5 percent from the floor with eight double-doubles in 12 career NCAA Tournament appearances.
LIKELY DRAFT POSITION: After spending most of May projected to go in the teens, Frye has worked out exceedingly well for teams much higher in the draft, including the Knicks, who have the eighth pick. A dark horse in the Frye sweepstakes might be Toronto (7), which selected Rafael Araujo eighth last year and suffered through a slow developmental year with him. Frye almost certainly would not get past Golden State at No. 9.
COMPARATIVE UPSIDE: Chris Bosh
COMPARATIVE DOWNSIDE: Alan Henderson
ROLE PROJECTION: Starting power forward.
POSITIVES: Frye will play primarily at power forward, but he is big enough to give teams some minutes at center, making him a more valuable commodity. He has always been a high-percentage shooter and is adept at both jump hooks and facing jumpers out to the elbow. Frye will block some shots with his athleticism and also is a very intelligent player. He understands the game well and knows how to do more than just set a pick. He can handle the ball in the high post, make passes and reverse the ball.
SHORTCOMINGS: It’s not fair to say that Frye is soft. Players like Frye who have fluid motion in their movements and agile bodies often look like they are not working hard when in fact they are. Frye is never going to be an enforcer and he is better served using his skills rather than his bulk to accomplish things on the court. Frye raised some eyebrows when he did much better than some bulkier players on strength tests at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp, so his critics are addressing how he looks more than how he actually is when they try to pin a soft label on him.