Michigan guard Daniel Horton has seen his numbers drop this
season after winning Big Ten Freshman of the Year a season ago.
While his role on the team has changed since the arrival of
freshman guard Dion Harris — less emphasis on scoring and
more on playmaking — Horton’s stats have gone in the
wrong direction through the team’s first 18 games.
Here’s a look at Horton’s struggles by the numbers:
From 15.8 to 11.7
Horton’s points per game
Currently, Horton is third on the Wolverines in points per game,
behind Bernard Robinson (13.1) and Lester Abram (12.9). Through 18
games last year, the point guard averaged 15.8 points per game,
second on the team behind LaVell Blanchard.
From 1.21 to 0.92
Horton’s assist to turnover ratio
Horton ran the point effectively last season, dishing out 80
assists (4.4 per game) and turning the ball over just 66 times
through 18 games. This year, Horton has committed five fewer
turnovers at the same point in the year, but he has played less
time at point guard thanks to the arrival of Harris. Having a
teammate capable of running the point may also be a reason why
Horton’s assists have fallen, dropping to just 56 (3.1 per
game) this season.
From 52.5% to 57.8%
Percentage of Horton’s shots attempted from behind the
Horton has shot the ball 185 times this season, with 107 of
those attempts coming from beyond the arc. Last year, Horton looked
for his penetration more often and was slower to pull the trigger
from outside. This year, Horton has settled for more shots from
downtown. In Michigan’s loss to Boston University, 14 of
Horton’s 15 shots were from 3-point land. And on Saturday,
Horton attempted just one shot from inside the arc.