Ford leads No. 3 Texas in scoring (14.8 ppg), assists (7.06 apg), steals (2.41 spg) and minutes (32.4 mpg). He has registered 36 assists against just 13 turnovers, while averaging 18.7 ppg and hitting 47.6% from the field during Big 12 play. In short, the first freshman to ever lead the NCAA in assists (8.27 apg) is keeping the ball in his hands -- much to his coach's delight.
"We've talked with him about being more aggressive offensively and looking for good shots in the right situation," Barnes said. "Early in the year, he was going through the process of changing his mindset and, at times, he struggled with that. When he's open, he needs to take the shot. Not that he thought that he couldn't shoot; it's just that he preferred passing to shooting."
The 2003 Wooden Award will be presented at the John R. Wooden Award ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, Saturday, April 12.
Ford is also is one of 30 preseason candidates for the Naismith Player of the Year Award.