Tomorrow, November 1st, retired NBA player, TJ Ford, will be inducted into the University of Texas Men’s Athletics Hall of Honor. TJ is one of seven other college athletes to be inducted into one of the most esteemed athletics traditions at The University of Texas.
He became the first freshman in NCAA history to lead the nation in assists of 8.27 apg and tagging the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year. During his sophomore year, he led the Longhorns to their first Final Four appearance since 1947 and won the Naismith and Wooden Awards as the top player in college basketball.
TJ Ford was a two-time state champion in high school, a college All American, winning the prestigious Naismith College Player of the Year and John Wooden awards and named Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, ESPN.com and CBS SportsLine. He was a top 10 pick in the 2003 NBA draft. Ford was the first college basketball player to have his #11 jersey retired by UT.
Ford was the eighth-overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2003 NBA Draft and played eight years in the NBA with the Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs before retiring during the 2011-12 season. He currently sponsors and coaches a Houston-based AAU program, T.J. Ford Elite.
TJ will be starting his own basketball camp program, TJ Ford Basketball, here in Houston, in November.