Texas Point Guard Among the Nation's Best

There may be no better pass-first floor leader than Jason Horton.

The 6-1, 170-pound Cedar Hill (Texas) junior was always considered a passer whose outside shot was suspect, but now Horton has proven that he can score in a variety of ways – including knocking down the trifecta.

Horton lists the Wolfpack, but they aren't currently in the top three – which consists of current leader Missouri as well as Oklahoma and Arizona State.

"I'm looking at all possible options so I can feel more comfortable," Horton said. "But those are my top three right now."

N.C. State was one of a handful of schools to visit Horton last week. Missouri, Ohio State, Indiana and Oklahoma also came in for meetings. Kansas, Florida State and Michigan are expected in this week.

The Wolverines were once thought of as the leader, primarily because Jason's older brother, Daniel, is a freshman who started all season at Michigan.

"He's giving me a little advice, but for the most part it's my decision and he's leaving it up to me," Horton said.

Horton pretty much eliminated home-state Texas shortly after combo guard Daniel Gibson committed to the Longhorns. That was about the same time that N.C. State began to get involved.

"It was in the last month or so that Coach (Herb) Sendek started to look at me," Horton said. "I know the tradition they have and how competitive the ACC is. They get a lot of exposure and they're in my top five."

Horton, who averaged just 5 points and 6 assists as a sophomore playing alongside his brother at Cedar Hill, got a chance to become the go-to guy this past season and averaged 17 points and 7.4 assists per contest.

Horton has slid back into more of a true point guard role this summer with Team Texas, a team that features Top 25 talent LaMarcus Aldridge as well as Rell Porter, Kevin Langford and Collin Dennis.

"I think it may have hurt me (and how I'm rated) in the past, but all I care about is whether the team wins," Horton said. "I don't think the team is as good when the point guard takes most of the shots. Most people like flash and scoring and I'm not really about that."

Horton does a terrific job of picking his spots when to provide offense. He plays under control and does a good job of penetrating into the lane and dishing to open teammates.

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