Frilling Named UAA Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Year

Cole Frilling was named the UAA Rookie of the Year

Complete All-UAA Team (.PDF)

Case Western Reserve University first-year forward Cole Frilling (Coldwater, Ohio / Coldwater) was named the 2019-20 University Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, and earned a spot on the all-conference first team, as announced by the league on Thursday afternoon.

Frilling is the fourth player in program history to be named the UAA Rookie if the Year, joining former Spartans Carson Oren (2002-03), Kevin Herring (2007-08) and Jordan Dean (2011-12). He was the only first-year player in the league to receive All-UAA honors this season, and is the first freshman in program history to be named to the All-UAA First Team.

Frilling is the seventh first-year player overall in the history of CWRU men's basketball to be named to the All-UAA team, joining Joe Harubin (1987-88 Honorable Mention), John Link (1999-00 Second Team), Oren (2002-03 Honorable Mention), Mason Conrad (2004-05 Honorable Mention), Dean (2011-12 Honorable Mention) and Ignas Masiulionis (2017-18 Honorable Mention).

Frilling started all 14 games for the Spartans in league play, pacing all UAA players with 17.9 points per game in conference contests. He was the first CWRU player since Matt Clark in 2015-16 to lead the league in points per game in conference contests. Overall for the year, Frilling led all Spartan players with 14.9 points per game (the fifth-highest mark in the UAA), while also pacing qualifying players on the team in shooting percentage (50.6%), three-point shooting percentage (42.9%) and free throw shooting percentage (86.2%). He added 6.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks per game during the campaign.

Frilling scored in double figures in 18 of the team's 25 games, including six efforts or 20 or more points, and four games of at least 25 points. He registered a season-high 30-point showing during the team's 85-77 win over NYU on February 7. He was also selected as the UAA Athlete of the Week on January 13 after scoring 27 points in a win over Carnegie Mellon.

The Spartans finished the year with a 13-12 overall record, the team's first winning season since the 2014-15 campaign. Case Western Reserve went 6-8 in league play, matching the program record for most wins in a 14-game UAA season, and placed sixth in the final league standings.