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Prospect Profile:
Matt Freije (Frig-jee)
Selected with No. 53 overall pick by Miami Heat

Full Name: Matthew Wayne Freije
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-10 (2.08 m) / 249 (112.9 kg)
Birthdate: October 2, 1981 (Overland Park, Kan.)
High School: Shawnee Mission West HS (Overland Park, Kan.)
College: Vanderbilt
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Vanderbilt
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2000-01 27 18 98 197 .497 61 77 .792 23 59 .390 120 16 5 28 280 10.4
2001-02 32 32 171 367 .466 109 142 .768 33 97 .340 164 35 26 11 484 15.1
2002-03 29 28 178 402 .443 99 124 .798 65 185 .351 129 33 26 11 520 17.9
2003-04 33 33 185 446 .415 175 222 .788 62 174 .356 178 30 23 21 607 18.4
Totals 121 111 632 1412 .448 444 565 .786 183 515 .355 591 114 80 71 1891 15.6

Career Highlights: Earned Third Team All-American honors from the NABC and was a finalist for the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award and the John R. Wooden Award. Named First Team All-SEC by AP and the league’s coaches as a senior. Completed career as Vanderbilt’s all-time leading scorer with 1,891 points, also ranking second in free throws made (446), third in blocked shots (72) and sixth in three-point field goals made (183).

Senior (2003-04): Averaged team-high 18.4 points (ranking first in the SEC) and 5.4 rebounds. Tied career high with 32 points at Alabama. Shot 18-for-18 from the free throw line in scoring 32 points, while grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds against Indiana. Tallied 31 points against Tennessee Tech. Recorded back-to-back double-doubles against South Carolina (23 points, 11 rebounds) and Kentucky (20 points, 11 rebounds). Became school’s all-time leading scorer while scoring 20 points at Ole Miss. Set a school record for an NCAA tournament game with 31 points in a second round win over North Carolina State.

Junior (2002-03): Averaged 17.9 points and 4.4 rebounds. Led team in scoring in 14 games. Registered season-high 31 points on 11-for-15 shooting against Georgia. Tallied 27 points at LSU. Posted a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds against Tulane. Scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Alabama in the SEC Tournament. Earned Second Team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches.

Sophomore (2001-02): Averaged 15.1 points and 5.1 rebounds, leading team in both categories. Paced team in scoring 13 times and led in rebounding 14 times. Scored season-high 29 points against Auburn. Posted back-to-back 22-point efforts against Tulane and American. Tallied 19 points in upset win over Kentucky. Earned SEC Player of the Week honors Jan. 21. Named Third Team All-SEC by the league’s coaches.

Freshman (2000-01): Led team in three-point field goal percentage (.390) and blocked shots (28). Posted first career double-double with season-highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds against Birmingham Southern. Recorded 21 points at Kentucky and followed up that performance with 20 points against Alabama. Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Strengths: A consistent shooter and rebounder, he brings great effort to his play every game.

Personal: Is the second oldest of seven children, and is one of only two boys in the family. Majoring in economics.

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