Tuesday, January 26, 1999

UC was option for XU's Frey




BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Chris Lamen, a friend of Xavier freshman Kevin Frey at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Ill., had previously lived in Fairfield.

        When Frey told him that he was being recruited by the University of Cincinnati, the first thing Lamen mentioned was the Crosstown Shootout.

        When Frey said he was also considering Xavier, Lamen told him:

        “That's touchy. When you go on your visit to Cincinnati, don't tell coach (Bob) Huggins you're also looking at Xavier, and don't tell coach (Skip) Prosser you're looking at Cincinnati.”

        “I didn't really understand it,” Frey said. “I'm starting to get an idea.”

        Frey will be the Musketeers' starting forward Thursday night when XU meets its rival Cincinnati at Shoemaker Center.

        UC was one of three schools Frey made official visits to as a high school recruit; the others were Xavier and Notre Dame.

        Huggins, who went to see Frey in a fall league game before his senior season, told Frey he wanted him as a small forward, the position he preferred to play. Prosser told Frey he'd be a power forward-type at Xavier and didn't think he'd have much of a chance to sign him.

        “I liked it (at UC), but I knew I wanted to look at Xavier also,” Frey said. “Then after I came here, I sat down with my mother. She wanted it mostly to be my decision. I just had a good feeling when I was here. I felt real comfortable. I liked the help I'd get academically.

        “I'm really happy with my decision.”

        It's worked out well for Frey and Xavier. He has started 13 consecutive games since moving into the starting lineup Dec.2 against Miami.

        Frey has scored in double figures four times, and grabbed 10 or more rebounds three times. He has played big in some of the bigger games this season: eight points, 14 rebounds vs. Miami; 13 points, five rebounds vs. Purdue; 14 points, 10 rebounds vs. George Washington.

        He has heard from teammates what an intense game this is and admits “it's going to be weird” facing a school which he might have attended.

        “But you've got a job to take care of,” he said.

        Lamen told Frey: “I know about it from a fan's perspective. I can't wait to hear the stories you're gonna tell me being a player.”

       



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