SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Senior guard Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS) of the University of Michigan men's basketball team has been announced as one of 16 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Hartford Financial Service's Bob Cousy Award, an honor presented annually to the nation's top collegiate point guard. The winner of the 2006 Bob Cousy Award, presented by The Hartford, will be announced at the NCAA Final Four on Monday, April 3, in Indianapolis, Ind.
Horton, a Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and All-Big Ten candidate, continues to blossom as one of the nation's finest point guards in his final season. He is averaging career bests in points (16.3), assists (5.78) and steals (1.84) in addition to career highs in field goal percentage (45.2), three-point field goal percentage (40.0) and free throw percentage (92.1).
In his final season, Horton, who has started all 19 games, has recorded a career-high 32 points in a Big Ten road win at Minnesota (Jan. 21), the first in 13 years, and had a career-high 12 assists in a road win at Penn State (Feb. 1). He has helped U-M get back into the national top 25 rankings for the first time in eight years as the Wolverines are No. 21 by the Associated Press and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. In addition, Horton was named the Big Ten co-Player of the Week (Jan. 30) after guiding U-M to back-to-back wins against top 25 teams for the first time in 12 years. He also has recorded the first of his career and amassed a total of three double-doubles (point-assist) this season.
Currently, Horton is a perfect 40-for-40 from the free throw line in the eight Big Ten games this season, which is the third-best streak in conference history. The record is 46 held by Indiana's Todd Leary. For the season, Horton is shooting 92.1 percent overall on free throws, which is on pace to set the U-M single-season record. In his four-year career, Horton has started 92 of 96 games, has 1,343 career points (No. 21 all-time), 420 assists (No. 6), 158 steals (No. 5), 202 three-point field goals (No. 2) and 570 three-point field goal attempts (No. 2).
For the first time in the history of the Cousy Award, beginning Friday (Feb. 3) fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite candidate online at www.cousyaward.com and register to win an opportunity to serve with Hall of Famers Bob Cousy, Jim Calhoun, Dean Smith and others on the Blue Ribbon committee assembled to select the winner.
The lucky fan will participate in a roundtable committee discussion of the award finalists and then cast his or her symbolic "vote" (representing the finalist receiving the most online votes).
2006 Bob Cousy Award Finalists
Jose Juan Barea, Northeastern University
Dee Brown, University of Illinois
Keydren Clark, Saint Peter's College
Jordan Farmar, UCLA
Daniel Gibson, University Texas
Jeff Horner, University of Iowa
Daniel Horton, University of Michigan
Kyle Lowry, Villanova University
Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Carl Krauser, University of Pittsburgh
Gerry McNamara, Syracuse University
Darius Washington, University of Memphis
Mark Borders, University of Tampa
Sheldon Pace, Southwest Baptist University
Adam Dauksas, Illinois Wesleyan University
Kyle Witucky, The College of Wooster
Cousy Award Press Release
Contact: Tom Wywrot (7343) 763-4423