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Horton wins State College Player of the Year

APSU senior center Chris Horton has won another award. This time, it is more than just conference or region.

Horton won State College Player of the Year voted by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.

Over the 2015-16 season, Horton averaged 18.8 points per game, 12 rebounds per game and 1.75 blocks per game.

Horton also led a last seed Govs team to a cinderella story Ohio Valley Conference championship where he scored 90 points and earned 57 rebounds in four games.

Against Tennessee Technological University, Horton had a career high 37 points and 21 rebounds. Against Belmont, Horton added 30 points and 16 rebounds.

Horton led the nation in offensive rebounds per game with 4.92, fourth in double-doubles with 25 and fifth in total rebounding, according to letsgopeay.com.

Over his four year career, the 6-foot-8 center started 124 out of 125 games, played a total of 3863 minutes, made 653 out of 1179 field goals (.554), 391 made free throws out of 624 attempted (.627), 141 assists, 325 blocks, 129 steals, 1,244 and 1,697 points. Horton only attempted one three-pointer in his career and was unsuccessful.

Horton also earned his spot in Division I basketball history being the 13th player to accumulate at least 1,500 points, 1,100 rebounds and 300 blocks during a career. Two other names on the list include NBA greats Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan.

Horton led the OVC in scoring and rebounding, which makes him the first APSU player to lead the conference in rebounding for two consecutive years.

The last time a Gov led the conference in scoring, Dave Loos was coaching high school basketball and had yet to step on the court as a college head coach.

Horton will be honored at the TSWA Convention Awards Luncheon on Friday, July 8, at the TSSAA headquarters in Hermitage, Tennessee, according to letsgopeay.com.

 

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