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One from the Vault: Al Horford

Al Horford, seen here getting coached up at Florida by Billy Donovan, played high school ball for Grand Ledge before winning two NCAA titles with the Gators and becoming an NBA All-Star. From his 2004 senior class in Michigan, Wyoming Park’s Drew Neitzel (MSU) won Mr. Basketball, while from Detroit Renaissance Joe Crawford (Kentucky) and Malik Hairston (Oregon) were McDonald’s All-Americans

Al Horford  6-8  Jr  Grand Ledge: Like most big men, his best basketball is a long way down the road. With an earlier start in the game, Alfred has a chance to be better than his father, Tito Horford, who went from the Dominican Republic, to Miami (FL), to the NBA for a minute. At the Spartan Shootout the younger Horford, despite giving up a couple inches and 40 pounds, played senior Drew Naymick no worse than even as Grand Ledge blew out North Muskegon. Then a week later he was getting schooled by regular high school players at the Aim High summer league. Such is youth. Horford has long arms and nimble feet. He gets to the ball quickly and doesn’t rush things.

–The Bank, July 29 2002

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