Horton Honored With First Team All-Big Ten Selection
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PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Senior guard Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS) of the University of Michigan men's basketball team was named All-Big Ten Conference first team by the Big Ten media and to the second team by the Big Ten coaches today (Tuesday, March 7), while senior Graham Brown (Mio, Mich./Mio-AuSable HS) is among the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honorees. Horton becomes the 21st Wolverine to be named All-Big Ten first team.

 
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In addition to the Big Ten award, Horton was named the USBWA All-District V team. He was honored along with Michigan State's Maurice Ager, Shannon Brown and Paul Davis; Ohio State's Terence Dials and Je'Kel Foster; Cincinnati's Eric Hicks; Marquette's Steve Novak; and Wisconsin's Alando Tucker. Illinois' Dee Brown was the District V Player of the Year and Ohio State's Thad Matta was the Coach of the Year.

Horton, who is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, continues to be recognized as one of the nation's finest point guards. In his final season he is averaging career bests in points (17.7), assists (5.25) and steals (1.85) in addition to career highs in field goal percentage (.44.0), three-point field goal percentage (39.5) and free throw percentage (93.7).

He has scored in double figures in 23 of 27 games, with nine games of 20 or more points and three with more than 30 points. He had a career-high 39 points against Illinois (Feb. 21), which ranks as the top individual performance by any Big Ten player this season.

Horton, who is second in the nation in free throw percentage, continues to keep pace with a U-M and two Big Ten records when it comes to free throw shooting. Overall, he is shooing 93.7 percent (119-127) from the free throw line, which is on pace for the U-M single-season record and ahead of the all-time Big Ten record held by Indiana's Steve Alford, who shot 92.1 percent (116-126) during the 1984-85 season. In Big Ten games only, Horton smashed Alford's record of 93.5 percent (58-62) set in 1985 as Horton missed just two of 91 attemps for a blistering 97.8 percent (89-91).

After going 42 for 42 from the foul line to open Big Ten play, Horton missed for the first time midway in the first half at Iowa (Feb. 4). He finished the night going 8-for-9 and followed with a 2-for-3 performance against Ohio State (Feb. 9), missing the third free throw on a bonus. Since that miss, he has made his last 39 free throw attempts.

With his personal season-best 142 assists, Horton has moved into the top five all-time at Michigan as he now has 452 career assists. He had a career-best 12 assists at Penn State (Feb. 1), which is tied for the best individual performance in the Big Ten, and has posted four point-assist double-doubles.

Horton, who is third in the Big Ten with 1.85 steals per game, tied a career high with five steals twice this season -- at South Florida (Dec. 10) and against Ohio State (Feb. 9). He holds the No. 3 spot on Michigan's career list with 173 steals after piling up 50 this season.

The Wolverines (18-9, 8-8 Big Ten) will open the 2006 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind., as the No. 7 seed. The Maize and Blue will face No. 10 seed Minnesota (14-13, 5-11 Big Ten ) in the first round Thursday (March 9) at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The winner will go on to face No. 2 seed Iowa in the second round Friday (March 10) at 6:40 p.m. on ESPN-Plus.


2005-06 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Awards

Coaches Selections

FIRST TEAM
James Augustine, Illinois
Dee Brown, Illinois
Greg Brunner, Iowa
Terence Dials, Ohio State
Alando Tucker, Wisconsin

SECOND TEAM
Daniel Horton, Michigan
Shannon Brown, Michigan State
Paul Davis, Michigan State
Je'Kel Foster, Ohio State
Vedran Vukusic, Northwestern

THIRD TEAM
Maurice Ager, Michigan State
Geary Claxton, Penn State#
Vincent Grier, Minnesota#
Adam Haluska, Iowa#
Jeff Horner, Iowa
Marco Killingsworth, Indiana

HONORABLE MENTION
Jamar Butler, Ohio State
Kammron Taylor, Wisconsin
Robert Vaden, Indiana

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Jamelle Cornley, Penn State
Joe Krabbenhoft, Wisconsin
Chris Lutz, Purdue
Craig Moore, Northwestern
Jamar Smith, Illinois

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Shannon Brown, Michigan State
Je'Kel Foster, Ohio State
Mohamed Hachad, Northwestern
Erek Hansen, Iowa
Brian Randle, Illinois

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Terence Dials, Ohio State

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Erek Hansen, Iowa

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Jamelle Cornley, Penn State

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Doug Thomas, Iowa

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  Media Selections

FIRST TEAM
Dee Brown, Illinois
Greg Brunner, Iowa
Terence Dials, Ohio State
Daniel Horton, Michigan
Alando Tucker, Wisconsin

SECOND TEAM
Maurice Ager, Michigan State
James Augustine, Illinois
Shannon Brown, Michigan State
Paul Davis, Michigan State
Marco Killingsworth, Indiana

THIRD TEAM
Jamar Butler, Ohio State
Geary Claxton, Penn State
Je'Kel Foster, Ohio State
Jeff Horner, Iowa
Vedran Vukusic, Northwestern

HONORABLE MENTION
Vincent Grier, Minnesota
Adam Haluska, Iowa
Matt Kiefer, Purdue
Kammron Taylor, Wisconsin

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Terence Dials, Ohio State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Jamelle Cornley, Penn State

COACH OF THE YEAR
Thad Matta, Ohio State

Big Ten Sportsmanship Honorees

Dee Brown, Illinois
Marshall Strickland, Indiana
Adam Haluska, Iowa
Graham Brown, Michigan
Maurice Ager, Michigan State
Adam Boone, Minnesota
Michael Jenkins, Northwestern
Je'Kel Foster, Ohio State
Mike Walker, Penn State
Bryant Dillon, Purdue
Alando Tucker, Wisconsin

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423


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