Frey named Big Sky Freshman of the Year


BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Montana State men's basketball team landed two players on the Big Sky's All-Conference teams ahead of the conference tournament, with one taking home a major award.

Bobcats point guard Harald Frey has won the league's Freshman of the Year award, while also landing on the All-Conference Third Team.

"It's definitely fun and cool to get that award," Frey said. "It's kind of a validation of the hard work that you put in, but right now, we're locked into the tournament. We feel like that's what matters and everyone is locked into the game tomorrow. Hopefully, we can finish the season on the right note, and have a good showing."

The native of Oslo, Norway, was the Big Sky's top freshman when it came to both scoring and assists.

He averaged 12.5 points per game, which ranked 20th in the league, and dished out 3.3 assists per contest, which ranked 8th in the conference.

"Your point guard kind of sets the tone, and when your point guard plays well, the team is good," said Bobcats head coach Brian Fish. "That's why I'm so excited to have him the next three years, because you line up, you throw him out there, and it gives you a chance to have a chance in every game. He gets the table set, he gets the guys that are hot the ball, and as that progressed, we became a better team."

Frey is also among MSU's all-time freshman leaders with 387 points (4th), 103 assists (3rd), and 65 three-pointers (2nd).

However, the transition overseas to the collegiate level hasn't always been smooth sailing.

"It's definitely been a roller coaster," Frey said. "I mean, I'm a long way from home and there's been some adjustment time, but my teammates and coaches have been great. You have some good games and some bad games, but I feel like it has evened out, and I feel like I've grown a lot in that respect."

He is the second straight Bobcat player to win the award, following Tyler Hall.

Montana State is now the only school in Big Sky history with back-to-back Freshman of the Year award winners.

Hall, now a sophomore, was a unanimous First Team All-Conference selection, the first Bobcat sophomore to earn that distinction since Jason Erickson in 2002.

The guard from Rock Island, Illinois, has already set the MSU single-season scoring record, with 1,284 points and counting.

He joins current NBA player Rodney Stuckey as the only sophomores in Big Sky history to surpass 700 points in a season.

Hall is the 2nd-leading scorer in the conference at 22.8 points per game, a mark that ranks 8th in the entire country at the Division I level.

He also ranks 2nd in the league with 3.65 three-point field goals per game, which also puts him 3rd in the nation in that category.

Hall earned Second Team All-Big Sky honors last season while also winning the Freshman of the Year award.