Feb. 2, 2012
Rice University senior Connor Frizzelle has been named a repeat selection to the Capital One Academic All-District ® Men's Basketball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The all-district teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
This is the first year of a realigned and expanded Academic All-America® program. Frizzelle was named to the All-District VI team last year and this season was selected to the All-District VII team. Joining Frizzelle on the five-player team were Chase Hallam and Brian Stafford from the University of Denver, Montana's Mathias Ward and Oral Roberts' Mikey Manghum.
Frizzelle currently carries a 3.64 grade point average in Kinesiology - Health Science. Last summer he was an administrative intern at Texas Woman's Hospital and plans to pursue a career in hospital administration.
He has served as a volunteer for several community service initiatives during his career at Rice. Last year he was named the Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for basketball. He has also been named to the C-USA All-Academic Team each of the past two seasons.
On the court, the Red Oak native is averaging 9.7 points per game. He also has 38 assists and 19 steals this year. Earlier this season Frizzelle scored his 1,000th career point and will enter this weekend's game at East Carolina with 1,135 career points. He is a career 84 percent free throw shooter, setting the school single-season percentage record last year.
During the opening weeks of Conference USA play he nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Rice a 50-49 road win at Tulane. In addition to scoring nine points earlier this week in a 77-75 win over UTEP, Frizzelle threaded a pass to Arsalan Kazemi for a basket, allowing the Owls to regain the lead with 15 seconds to play.
As a first-team Academic All-District ® honoree, Frizzelle's name and accolades will be placed on the Capital One Academic All-America ® Team ballot, where first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.