"T.J. is a person that, as you get to know him, is a very simple person," Barnes said. "I say that in a most positive way in that hes all about wanting to win. If you were to go to Houston while he was still in high school, everyone in Houston knew him simply as T.J. If you watched T.J. throughout his career, the one thing he always did was lead, but he does it in a very quiet and unassuming way."
Ford and Barnes return to Austin on Monday afternoon for the annual Texas Basketball Banquet. Festivities are set to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center.
A consensus first-team All-America selection, Ford led the team in scoring (15.0 ppg), assists (7.7 apg), steals (2.0 spg), free throw percentage (.820) and minutes (33.6 mpg). He ranks second on UT's all-time career assist list (527). In addition to the Naismith Award, Ford was both Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News selection as National Player of the Year.