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Forward
Texas
Sophomore
5-10, 175

2002-03 Stats:
PPG: 15.6
RPG: 9.0
BPG: 2.2

T.J. Ford
Notes: National Player of the Year, First-Team All-American
The Skinny:


Ford just about did it all in two years, as he led the nation in assists as a freshman and won various national Player of the Year honors as a sophomore in leading Texas to the Final Four.

He’s a very quick pass-first floor leader who especially passes well in penetration. He plays bigger than his size and will grab some rebounds in addition to not being afraid of penetrating into the land of the giants and make something happen. He is not a great scorer and his jump shot is still a big question mark, but he is improving and has worked on it, and he is already a terrific slasher who can score on the move. Ford has also been a charismatic leader for his team and can infuse some much-needed floor leadership onto a new team.

Ford should be picked as early as the middle of the lottery, perhaps sliding to the end of it. If he continues to improve on the jump shot to where it must be respected, he will be a very good point guard for a long time.

Related Hoopville Articles on T.J. Ford:


6/2/03 – Jed Tai – Projecting the Lottery
If there’s a team out there that’s screaming a need for a point guard more than Miami, please let the world know. Ford is the kind of guard who not only changes the game, but can do it without scoring a single point — something we haven’t seen since in the draft the likes of Jason Kidd. Sure, he might top out at 5-9, but playmakers like him don’t come around very often.

4/2/03 – Bill Thayer – Previewing the Final Four
. . . Naismith award winner T.J. Ford steers the Longhorns offense, but his shooting has slumped recently, causing teams to back off him again. . .

11/22/03 – Bill Thayer – Ford Tough: T.J. Steers the Horns
Baseball was locked in a debate once the season ended on the criteria for MVP, should it go to the best player or the best player on the best team? I’ll end all arguments for college basketball right here and now: T.J Ford is the best player in college basketball and the most valuable player in college basketball. On top of that, Ford is the main reason Texas will win the national title this year. . .

6/8/03 – Jed Tai – Chicago Pre-Draft Camp Dispatch – Day 4
6/2/03 – Jed Tai – Previewing the Lottery
5/2/03 – Morning Dish
4/17/03 – Morning Dish
4/13/03 – Morning Dish
4/18/02 – Mitch Schneider – Big 12 2002-03 Recap
4/6/03 – Morning Dish
4/4/03 – Morning Dish
4/3/03 – Morning Dish
4/2/03 – Bill Thayer – Final Four
3/29/03 – Morning Dish
3/25/03 – Bill Thayer – A Sweet Weekend
3/25/03 – Morning Dish
3/20/03 – Bar Room Bicker – Who Will Cut Down the Nets?
3/18/03 – Michael Ermitage – My Bracket
3/18/03 – Bill Thayer – Breaking It Down
3/14/03 – Championship Week Results
3/13/03 – Jed Tai – USBWA Awards
3/11/03 – Michael Ermitage – New Top 16
3/9/03 – Morning Dish
3/3/03 – Mitch Schneider – Big 12 Notebook
2/24/03 – Michael Ermitage – Statistics Have Their Place
2/23/03 – Morning Dish
2/19/03 – Jed Tai – The Best Point Guard – Part 2
2/11/03 – Mitch Schneider – Big 12 Notebook
2/11/03 – Brian Seymour – Horizon Notebook
2/10/03 – Jed Tai – The Best Point Guard
2/5/03 – Morning Dish
1/28/03 – Morning Dish
12/23/02 – Morning Dish
12/17/02 – Mitch Schneider – Big 12 Notebook
12/16/02 – Joaquin Mesa – Pac-10 Notebook
12/16/02 -Morning Dish
12/9/02 – Morning Dish
11/28/02 – Bill Thayer – Giving Thanks
11/22/02 – Bill Thayer – TJ Ford for MVP
11/22/02 – Mitch Schneider – Big 12 Notebook
11/10/02 – Mitch Schneider – Big 12 Preview
10/28/02 – Adam Reich – Dicky V’s Lists

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