T.J. Ford

T.J. Ford

FORD_TJ.M2001.jpgOne of the top players in school history ... two-year starter at point guard for the Longhorns ... led Texas to the “Sweet 16” as a freshman, before guiding the Horns to their first Final Four appearance since 1947 during his sophomore campaign ... earned National Player of the Year accolades by several media entities as a sophomore (2002-03) ... rests in second place on UT’s all-time career assists list (527) ... holds the top two single- season assists marks in school history (273 in 2001-02; 254 in 2002-03).
As a Sophomore in 2002-03: Winner of the Naismith and Wooden Awards as the top player in college basketball ... also named National Player of the Year by several media agencies (Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, CBS SportsLine, The Sporting News) ... consensus first- team All-America choice ... NABC District 9 first-team selection for the second straight season ... first-team All-Big 12 pick (by league’s coaches and media) ... led the team in scoring (15.0 ppg), assists (7.70 apg), steals (2.00 spg), free throw percentage (.820) and minutes (33.6 mpg) ... after becoming the first freshman in NCAA history to lead the nation in assists (8.27 apg) last year, he led the Big 12 and ranked third nationally in assists ... posted nine double-digit assist performances on the year ... recorded 111 assists against just 40 turnovers during Big 12 Conference play (a 2.78-to-1 ratio) ... named National Player of the Week (Nov. 18) by ESPN.com and FoxSports.com after posting 22 points and eight assists in the season-opening victory against Georgia (Nov. 15) ... also earned Co- Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 26) for his performance against Georgia ... voted MVP at the BB&T Classic (Dec. 7-8), averaging 18.5 ppg, 10.0 apg, 5.0 rpg and 2.0 spg in games against George Washington and Notre Dame ... had 21 points and 12 assists against Notre Dame (Dec. 8) ... nearly recorded a triple-double with 11 points, nine boards and eight assists in the league-opening win against Iowa State (Jan. 11) ... his highlight-reel follow-slam at Baylor (Jan. 15) was tabbed ESPN SportsCenter’s “Play of the Day” ... tallied 25 points (9-of-16 FG, 7-of- 7 FT) in the home win against Texas A&M (Jan. 18) ... registered 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds at No. 12 Kansas (Jan. 27) ... posted a career-best 32 points (8-of-16 FG, 15-of-19 FT) in the Feb. 22 game at No. 16 Oklahoma State ... had 18 points (7-of-13 FG), including 14 during the second half, 10 assists against just one turnover and five boards in 39 minutes while leading the Horns back from a 15-point deficit in the second half to a victory at No. 5 Oklahoma (Mar. 8) ... registered 23 points and eight assists in the Big 12 quarterfinal against Texas Tech (Mar. 14) ... averaged 14.6 points, 10.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game in Texas’ five NCAA Tournament games ... his 51 assists during the five-game stretch rank as the third-best total in NCAA Tournament history ... set a UT school record for most assists in a NCAA tourney game with 11 during the NCAA First Round victory against UNC Asheville (Mar. 21) ... posted a team-high 21 points, nine boards and eight assists in the NCAA Second Round win against Purdue (Mar. 23) ... named the NCAA South Region Most Outstanding Player, averaging 16.0 ppg while posting 19 assists against just three turnovers in the two regional wins ... had 19 points (11-of-13 FT) and 10 assists against just two turnovers in 37 minutes during the NCAA Elite Eight victory against Michigan State (Mar. 30) ... broke his own school record for most assists in a NCAA tourney game with 13 dimes to go along with 12 points during the National Semifinal against No. 13 Syracuse (Apr. 5) ... Playboy Preseason All- American.

As a Freshman in 2001-02: National Freshman of the Year by the USBWA (United States Basketball Writers Association), CNNSI.com and CollegeInsider.com ... became the first freshman in NCAA history to lead the nation in assists (8.27 avg.) ... honorable mention All-America pick (CNNSI.com) ... first-team NABC District 9 selection ... consensus Big 12 Freshman of the Year ... first-team All-Big 12 selection (Dallas Morning News & Austin American-Statesman) ... second-team All-Big 12 choice (by league’s media and coaches) ... shared team MVP honors (player vote) with James Thomas ... three-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week selection (Dec. 17, Feb. 11, Feb. 18) ... started 33 games (missed the Oregon State contest with a sprained left ankle) ... ranked third on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (3.8 rpg) ... led the team in steals (72) and minutes played (32.4 mpg) ... recorded a school-record 15 double-digit assists performances during the year ... established six of the top eight UT single-game freshman assists marks ... averaged 13.5 ppg while reaching double figures in scoring in 10 of the final 14 contests ... became the 18th freshman in UT history to start in a season- opening contest vs. Arizona (Nov. 17) ... set the school freshman single- game assists record in his collegiate debut, recording 14 dishes vs. Arizona ... surpassed the previous year’s team leader in assists for the entire season (76, Darren Kelly) during his eighth game of the year ... with his 10 assists vs. Baylor on Jan. 12 (his 14th game of the year), he broke the Big 12 freshman record for most assists in a season (previous record was 123 by Kansas’ Kirk Hinrich in 1999-2000) ... with his five assists during the overtime win at Texas Tech on Jan. 14 (his 15th game of the year), he set the school freshman record for most assists in a season (previous mark was 131 by Fred Carson in 1979-80) ... named to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team, despite only playing in two of the three games (did not play vs. Oregon State) ... averaged 11.5 ppg, 10.0 apg and 5.0 rpg in the two contests ... nearly recorded the second triple-double in UT history with eight points, a career-high 11 rebounds and 12 assists vs. #11 Stanford (Dec. 1) ... just missed another triple-double with 11 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Dec. 5) ... registered 17 points (7-of-10 FG), seven boards and 10 dimes vs. Jacksonville (Dec. 15) ... made 6-of-7 FG on his way to scoring 15 points and added eight dishes at UNLV (Dec. 22) ... posted back-to-back 10- assist performances vs. Providence (Jan. 7) and Baylor (Jan. 12) ... poured in 16 points (7-of-12 FG) at Texas Tech (Jan. 14) ... notched his ninth double-digit assist outing of the season with 10 vs. Texas A&M (Jan. 23) ... had 13 points and 11 dimes vs. #6 Oklahoma (Feb. 2) ... recorded a career-high 22 points (6-of-8 FG), including a perfect 10-of-10 from the line, and added 12 assists vs. Colorado (Feb. 9) ... posted 16 points and 11 assists vs. #2 Kansas (Feb. 11) ... contributed 18 points and 12 dishes at Missouri (Feb. 17) ... equaled his career high with 22 points (14-of-15 free throws) at #6 Oklahoma (Feb. 23) ... with his seven assists in the win at Iowa State (Mar. 2), he set the school single-season mark for most assists (previous record was 242 by Johnny Moore, 1978-79) ... earned a spot on the five-man Phillips 66 Big 12 All-Tournament Team, averaging 12.0 ppg, 6.0 apg and 3.0 spg while hitting 53.3% from the floor in UT’s two contests ... with his four steals in the win vs. Missouri in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals (Mar. 8), he set the school freshman record for most steals in a season (previous mark was 58 by Terrence Rencher, 1991- 92) ... established a school Big 12 tourney single-game record with his 10 assists (previous high was eight by Fredie Williams) ... also tied the school Big 12 tourney record for steals with four ... had a team-high 18 points (7- of-12 FG) vs. #4 Oklahoma in the Big 12 tourney semifinals (Mar. 9) ... averaged 13.0 ppg (tied for team lead), 6.0 apg, 3.0 rpg and 3.0 spg while hitting 16-of-19 free throws during Texas’ three NCAA Tournament contests ... posted 20 points (5-of-10 FG, 10-of-13 FT) and seven assists in 29 minutes vs. Boston College in the first round (Mar. 15) ... recorded 11 points and six assists vs. No. 17 Mississippi State in the second round (Mar. 17) ... posted eight points, five assists and a career-high seven steals in 32 minutes in the “Sweet 16” loss to No. 11 Oregon (Mar. 22) ... set a UT freshman single-game record and tied the NCAA Regional single- game individual mark with seven steals vs. Oregon (7 by Ricky Grace of Oklahoma, vs. Iowa, West Regional Semifinal, 1987).

High School: Sugar Land Willowridge High School in Houston, Texas (head coach Ronnie Courtney) ... named to the McDonald’s All-American team ... second-team All-America choice by Parade Magazine and USA Today ... consensus Top 20 national prospect by all the major recruiting services ... tabbed as the No. 10 overall prospect in the country by ESPN.com ... ranked as the best pure point guard prospect in the nation by Bob Gibbons’ All Star Report ... tabbed as the No. 14 overall prospect in the country by PrepStars.com ... National Player of the Year by SchoolSports.com ... Player of the Year in the state of Texas by Mike Kunstadt’s Texas Hoops following his senior season ... All-Greater Houston Player of the Year by the Houston Chronicle ... posted 11 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a game-high 35 minutes while leading the West to a 131-125 victory at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium in the McDonald’s All-American game (Mar. 28) ... recorded 14 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds while leading the East to a 151-148 victory in the EA Sports Roundball Classic at Northwestern (April 9) ...averaged 12 points, 9.4 assists and 7.8 steals while leading Willowridge to a 39-0 overall record, the Class 5A state title and a final national ranking of No. 2 in his senior campaign ... hit 48 percent from three-point range and 81 percent from the free throw line as a senior ... averaged 10 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals per game as a junior, leading Willowridge to a 36- 1 overall record and the Class 5A state title ... ended his high school career on a 62-game winning streak.

Personal: Full name is Terrance Jerod Ford ... son of Leo and Mary Ford ... his mother gave him the nickname “T.J.” at birth ... born March 24, 1983 in Baytown, Texas ... majoring in education.