Channing Frye may not have been on the court during the 2012-13 NBA season but it was anything but a wasted year for the 6-foot-11 forward.

While the Phoenix Suns big man was sidelined for the entire year because of an enlarged heart, he made time to return to his alma mater, Arizona, and finish his degree in anthropology. Frye starred for the Wildcats from 2001 to 2005, but he never graduated until last weekend.

"Graduating means a lot to me,” Frye told "It was a huge accomplishment for me to be able to go to the University of Arizona and even though it took me a little longer than usual to get my degree, it is something I will always cherish and show off."

Frye brought his son, Hendrix, and his daughter, Margaux, with him to his ceremony. When his son asked whether his colleges tales were all true, Frye had a funny response.

Luckily for Frye, the school had a robe long enough for his 6-foot-11 frame. His hat, however, was another story.