July 8, 2009
Video: Horford's July fireworks have attention of Izzo
CINCINNATI - As an uncommitted member of the Michigan Mustangs, Grand Ledge (Mich.) standout Jon Horford arrived at the Adidas It Takes 5ive Classic focused on doing the things that will get him noticed by the dozens of college coaches at the massive tournament held on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.
While many of the players representing summer programs from around the United States as well as Canada are consumed with piling up prolific point total at the event, Horford is focused on doing anything in his power to help the Mustangs advance.
Horford scored plenty of points at the It Takes 5ive Classic, but it was Horford's defense, his hustle plays, blocked shots, and the way in which he helped open up the perimeter by establish a consistent presence in post that had coaches paying attention.
"When I go out there I am trying to get rebounds, run the floor, and play defense," explained Horford. "Whatever comes to me in the way of offense will come to me. I am trying to get tips, get loose balls, and get shots when I have them. My teammates have also done a good job of getting me the ball in the post."
And in the course of two days, Horford, who fell out of the Rivals.com Top 150 after missing several tournaments with various ailments during the spring, did just about everything he could to establish himself as one of the premier power forwards in the nation.
Horford may not be ranked, but there are very few players who are ranked at the 6-foot-9 standout's position that have more upside than the Grand Ledge star. And there are very few who have put on the type of two-day display that Horford did in Cincinnati.
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