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OU's Price Named Jim Thorpe Athlete of the Year
June 04, 2003

More than two months after his team's basketball season ended, Hollis Price continues to collect hardware.  On Tuesday, the 6-1 former University of Oklahoma guard was named the Jim Thorpe Association Athlete of the Year.

Price, who averaged a team-high 18.0 points per game last season for the 27-7 Sooners and finished as the school's seventh-leading all-time scorer, was honored for his display of exceptional athletic skill, performance, leadership and dedication.  The Oklahoma City-based Thorpe Assocation presents the award to a collegiate athlete.

A native of New Orleans, La., Price also averaged 2.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per contest last season and led his squad to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. In Big 12 games, Price averaged 20.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per outing.

The first-team All-American made 94 three-pointers this year for the third-highest single-season total in school history. His .433 season percentage ranked fourth in the Big 12 Conference while his .509 mark in Big 12 games ranked second. He also set a single-season school record with his .929 free throw percentage and set a career record with a four-year .861 free throw mark. Price racked up 110 wins as a Sooner, most in school history.

Price now awaits the June 26 NBA Draft.

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