Iowa Basketball Awards Presented

IOWA CITY, IA - - Senior Chauncey Leslie has been named Iowa's Most Valuable Player for the 2002-03 basketball season. Freshman Jeff Horner was honored with the Chris Street Award, which is presented annually to a Hawkeye player, or players, who best exemplify the spirit, enthusiasm and intensity of Chris Street. The announcement came at the squad's annual awards banquet Sunday afternoon.

Leslie, a native of Rochester, NY who joined the Iowa program from Indian Hills CC in Ottumwa, led the team in scoring with a 15.8 average. He scored 20 points or more in eight games, led the team in scoring 16 times and reached double figures in 29 of 31 games. Leslie also averaged 4.5 rebounds per game, led the team in steals (45) and was second in assists (89).

Leslie was named third team all-Big Ten and was an all-District VI selection by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). He was named MVP of Iowa's Gazette Hawkeye Challenge early in the season.

Freshman Jeff Horner was honored with the Chris Street Award, which is presented annually to a Hawkeye player, or players, who best exemplify the spirit, enthusiasm and intensity of Chris Street. Horner is a native of Mason City who started all 31 games during his rookie season. With 255 points, 137 rebounds and 140 assists, Horner is just the eighth Iowa player to total over 200 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in a season. His assist total is the highest ever by an Iowa freshman. Horner and Leslie were the only Hawkeye players to start all 31 games this past season.

Junior Jared Reiner earned the Highest GPA Award. Reiner, who earned academic all-Big Ten status for the second straight season, is a finance major with a 3.27 grade point average. The native of Tripp, SD led Iowa and the Big Ten in rebounding, for all games and in Big Ten games only, averaging 8.3 rebounds and 9.7 points per game. Reiner also led the team in field goal percentage (.541) while playing through hand and knee injuries over the second half of the season.

Senior Josh Kimm was recognized as the Most Dedicated Student. Kimm is from Norway and joined the program for his final season. He saw limited action in 21 games and proved to be a consistent performer both on the court and in the classroom. He played a key role in Iowa's late-season win at Ohio State.

In addition to Reiner leading the team in rebounding, Leslie was recognized for leading the team in free throw percentage. Leslie shot 78.1% from the free throw line while leading the team in free throws made (107) and free throw attempts (137).

Glen Worley was recognized for leading the squad in three-point percentage (.390).

Worley, a junior from Coralville, made 16-41 three-point attempts. He also ranked second on the team in scoring (10.9) and averaged 5.2 rebounds per game while sharing the team lead with 34 blocked shots.

Coach Steve Alford also presented Effort Awards to Horner, Leslie and Reiner. Horner led the team in loose balls (48) and assists (140), Leslie led the team by making five or more free throws in nine games and Reiner was the team leader in rebounds (231), offensive put backs (21) and charges taken (nine).

In addition to Leslie earning third team all-Big Ten honors, Horner, Reiner and Worley each earned honorable mention all-Big Ten recognition.


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