QUEENS, N.Y. (Jan. 26, 2009) – St. John’s sophomore guard Paris Horne was named to this week’s BIG EAST Honor Roll, and was selected the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association’s (MBWA) Player of the Week after a pair of excellent efforts. Monday’s honors are the third of the year for the Red Storm second-year guard.
Horne averaged 23.5 points per game during a week where St. John’s posted a 70-59 victory over Rutgers at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 24, two days after the Red Storm fell, 71-60, to Cincinnati at Carnesecca Arena.
In addition to the impressive scoring average, Horne put up outstanding numbers all across the board in the two contests. He fired at a 78.3 percent clip from the field (18-of-23) and drilled 63.6 percent of his 3-point attempts (7-of-11). He also added nine rebounds (4.5 per game), dealt five assists (2.5 per game) and made three steals (1.5 per outing). Also, across the two games, Horne played 79 minutes in the two games for a 39.5 mpg average.
On Saturday against the Scarlet Knights, Horne connected on his first eight shot attempts and finished 12-for-13 from the floor en route to a game-high and career-best 27 points. His near-perfect day from the field marked the third-best performance ever for a St. John’s player in a BIG EAST game. Horne’s only erroneous field goal attempt was a 3-pointer at the end of the first half, and he finished 3-of-4 on the day from long distance.
Horne has now reached the 20-point plateau in three of the last four games, including putting up a 20-spot against the Bearcats on Jan. 22 in Queens. His 6-of-10 effort from the field included a career-best 4-of-7 performance from 3-point range.
Twice this season Horne has been selected to the BIG EAST and New York City Metropolitan Basketball Writers’ Association honor rolls. The honor roll mentions are the fourth for St. John’s during the 2008-09 season, as sophomore forward Sean Evans was feted by the BIG EAST and MBWA on Dec. 22, and Horne was also honored on Dec. 15 and Jan. 5.