Tigers Horne in on forward

K.C. Run GMC currently sports a 3-5 record on the Under Armour circuit, and they’ll be looking for a big close to the regular season in New York a couple weeks from now. To finish strongly, they’ll rely heavily on 6-6 forward Jeriah Horne, who also played well at last weekend’s Jayhawk Invitational.

Jeriah Horne has notched a significant impact this spring. While not billed as one of the shining lights on UA’s Association, he quietly has pieced together very impressive production: 18 points and six rebounds per game, along with a steal and a block per outing. He’s shooting an efficient 58 percent from the floor, so he’s able to make the most of his chances.

Horne is at his best in the high post or the high block, launching soft turnaround jump shots or delivering crisp passes to open teammates. He also handles reasonably well for a power forward and can finish inside with either hand.

The questions have been whether he’s tall enough at 6-6 to play the post in college, or whether he can become a true combo forward who spends more time on the wing. He understands those concerns and is working hard to dispel them.

”I’m really just working on my lateral quickness,” Horne said. “I’m kind of at a tweener position, so being able to step out and guard true threes on the perimeter, that will make me a true asset to any team I go play for in college.”

Which college team obtains his services remains to be seen. Horne sits directly on top of the high-major/mid-major fence, and his interest reflects his status in the eyes of college coaches.

”I’ve heard from K-State, Mizzou, Minnesota, Ole Miss,” Horne said. “And then mid-majors I have offers from Pepperdine, UMKC, Loyola-Chicago, Loyola-Maryland, LaSalle and Northeastern.”

Horne ultimately may play his way into those bigger offers. His production certainly befits that of a major conference big man, and his overall skill level — with a frame that will enable him to become very strong and a high hoops IQ — should translate to the next level.

”I feel like my strengths are passing, handling the ball when need be and also just providing a matchup problem,” he said. “If I have a four on me, I can step out and take him off the dribble. If have a three on me, I can post him up. I understand the game and look for my teammates whenever I can.”

While Missouri still has not offered, Kim Anderson has become familiar with Horne and watched him closely last month.

”Coach Anderson has seen me play in high school,” Horne said. “ We won the state up there (in Columbia), so he got a chance to see me play twice. They also saw me play over in Louisville and New Orleans.”

His game certainly could help improve an offense that ranked outside the top 250 this past season. The Tigers are rebuilding and obviously seek elite talent, but Horne could play early due to the fact that he’s so polished and understands the game very well.

Horne will continue to tour with Run GMC and enjoy multiple opportunities to impress coaches in July and close the show on additional offers — perhaps including Missouri.

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