WHAT TO KNOW: Has a solid outside shot and great strength and should be more comfortable in the system in his second year. Has been on campus since June of 2003 so has been able to get a head start in the classroom and he has taken advantage of it. He is always studying on road trips, and he speaks French, English, Dutch and Fefe, an African dialect. Rob Evans says he had "one of the best high school transcripts I have ever read." Yes, his first name is spelled with two "i's", that is not a typo. A native of Cameroon, along with teammate Serge Angounou. Grabbed 24 rebounds in a high school game and he will challenge for playing time at both forward positions. Good combination of strength and shooting touch allows him to grab rebounds yet be an offensive threat from the perimeter if needed. Started in 11 games last year and averaged 14.3 minutes per game.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2003-2004): An 11-game starter in freshman season...had six boards in eight minutes at Oregon on Feb. 21...posted 11 boards in 32 minutes at Nebraska on Dec. 3...became just the third Sun Devil freshman in the past 12 seasons to register a double-double with his 16-point, 13-rebound performance vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 29...13 rebounds vs. UC Riverside is tied for the sixth-most by a freshman in ASU history...11 points vs. Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 24...opened year with 11 points and eight boards vs. Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 22 off the bench.
AMELIA ACADEMY: Clark Francis had him as the No. 36 power forward in Basketball Times...graduated in June of 2003 from Amelia Academy in Amelia, Va....earned two letters in basketball...team competed in the Virginia Independent Schools/Virginia Commonwealth Conference (VCC)...captain of team in senior year...coached in high school by Andy Janto...a first-team all-state and conference MVP in junior season and first-team all-state and regular season MVP in senior season...averaged 23 points, 16.5 boards, 4.4 assists and 3.4 blocks in senior season...averaged 20 points and 12 boards in junior season...best games in high school were 39 points, 24 rebounds, nine blocks and seven assists.
ETC.: Full name is Wilfried Tenawa Fameni...born Aug. 31, 1984, in Cameroon...majoring in accounting...father is Alphonse Fameni and mother is Elisabeth...Charles and Joanne Goodmean were his host parents in Virginia...natural sisters are Carol and Pamela, while host family consisted of older brother Matt, older sister Allie and younger brother, John.
Q & A With Wilfried Fameni My favorite Pac-10 road trip is...Cal and Stanford. My favorite Pac-10 restaurant is...Electric Station in Eugene. My toughest Pac-10 road trip is...the Washington trip. The toughest adjustment to college basketball is...traveling. The player on this team that will surprise the most people this year...Wilfried Fameni. What our team will need to improve from last year...defense, toughness and chemistry. The strongest player on the team is...Allen Morill. In practice, I hate to play against...no one. The best part about this team will be...our tenacity. One word to describe Coach Evans...serious. If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be...Eric Cartman. What has changed about me since Sept. 11, 2001, is...my outlook on life. The most interesting thing I did this summer was...stay in Tempe. Nobody knows how much I like to...watch South Park. If I was drafting a basketball dream team, the three players I would pick first are...Kevin Garnett, Ron Artest and Wilfried Fameni. My favorite professional sports team is...I don't have one. If I wasn't in basketball, I would...be playing soccer. If I could live anywhere, I would live in...Las Vegas. The biggest influence on my career was...my mother. My advice to youngsters is...follow your dreams. My favorite quote is..."You can only live one day at a time." Something most people don't know about me is...I have two moms. The game I am looking forward to the most this year is...Arizona. Favorite course in college...accounting. My most prized possession is...a picture of my dad. The last book I read was...Success is a Choice. My most disappointing loss was...at California. My favorite sports figures is...Ben Wallace. My favorite non-sports figure is...Emmanuel Tenawa. My favorite restaurant is...Cheesecake Factory. The thing I like most about Tempe is...the weather.