Horton Among Preseason All-Big Ten Squad Honorees
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PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Sophomore guard Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS) of the University of Michigan men's basketball team is one of six sophomores and juniors on the youthful Big Ten preseason all-conference teams announced Sunday (Oct. 26) at the league's annual media day.

 
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Horton is one of four sophomores on the six-member squad picked by the conference coaches, joining classmates Dee Brown of Illinois, Paul Davis of Michigan State and Bracey Wright of Indiana as well as juniors Devin Harris of Wisconsin and Chris Hill of Michigan State.

The media's preseason All-Big Ten team includes Horton, Brown, Harris, Hill and Wright.

Horton, who ranks third among the Big Ten's returning scorers with his 15.2 points per game average, was a 2002-03 All-Big Ten second team selection by both the coaches and the media and earned league Freshman of the Year honors from both groups. He led the Wolverines with 134 assists, 41 steals, 1,082 minutes played and a U-M freshman-record 74 three-point field goals, and was U-M's top scorer in league games, averaging 16.3 points per game.

In polling of the coaches and media, Michigan State was selected as the preseason Big Ten favorite, followed by Illinois and defending champion Wisconsin. Only the top three teams in the preseason poll are announced.

In other Big Ten media day news, the conference office announced one-year extensions of Big Ten Tournament hosting agreements with its two sites. The alternating format will continue with the tournament being held at Conseco Field House (Indianapolis) in 2006 and at the United Center (Chicago) in 2007.

Michigan, under third-year head coach Tommy Amaker, has exhibition games against Michigan Tech (Nov. 8) and the NBDL's Fayetteville Patriots (Nov. 14) before opening the regular season with a home game against Oakland (Nov. 26).


Preseason All-Big Ten Team -- Coaches
Dee Brown, Illinois, So., G, 12.0 ppg, 5.0 apg
Paul Davis, Michigan State, So., C, 7.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg
Devin Harris*, Wisconsin, Jr., G, 12.7 ppg, 3.1 apg
Chris Hill, Michigan State, Jr., G, 13.7 ppg, 3.7 apg
Daniel Horton, Michigan, So., G, 15.2 ppg, 4.8 apg
Bracey Wright, Indiana, So., G, 16.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Preseason All-Big Ten Team -- Media
Dee Brown*, Illinois, So., G, 12.0 ppg, 5.0 apg
Devin Harris, Wisconsin, Jr., G, 12.7 ppg, 3.1 apg
Chris Hill, Michigan State, Jr., G, 13.7 ppg, 3.7 apg
Daniel Horton, Michigan, So., G, 15.2 ppg, 4.8 apg
Bracey Wright, Indiana, So., G, 16.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg

* Preseason Player of the Year

Top Three Preseason Picks -- Coaches and Media
1. Michigan State
2. Illinois
3. Wisconsin

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423


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