Horne, a 6-foot-6 forward out of Kansas City who plays AAU for K.C. Run GMC, parlayed a strong month into Power 5 offers from Kansas State and Minnesota while Iowa State snuck in with one final offer to close the exciting month.
“Iowa State has been a really solid team through the past couple of years and whenever you look at basketball they’re always in that top-10 [range],” Horne said. “Being able to receive an offer from such a high-caliber team like that, that competes in such a tough conference, the Big 12, it means a lot. It shows that anything is possible, that’s for sure. If you were to ask me a year from the day do I think I’d be sitting here with a couple of offers from Iowa State and K-State, I don’t know if I’d be able to tell you yes.”
Horne, who also holds offers from the likes of Tulsa and Pepperdine, was being recruited by new Iowa State assistant Daniyal Robinson when he was at Loyola (Chicago), and new coach Steve Prohm and Murray State showed interest too.
Recently, Iowa State assistant T.J. Otzelberger has been communicating with Horne and Prohm called Tuesday to extend an offer.
“He said he was going to call me today because [Tuesday] I was at the movies actually so we didn’t get the chance to have a good conversation,” Horne said. “I’m really looking forward to having that conversation today. He really just told me he liked my game from the beginning, he likes what I bring to the table as far as my versatility and it would fit well in his system.”
Horne’s versatility is a key to his game. While he doesn’t have prototypical size for a power forward, Horne can do many things.
“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,” Scout.com national analyst Rob Harrington writes. “He also handles reasonably well for a power forward and can finish inside with either hand.”
Horne said he’s sitting around 215 pounds and is closer to 6-foot-7.
“I’m pretty versatile,” he said. “I get this a lot, I’m similar to Draymond Green where I can post up if I have to or I can shoot open shots and I can even bring up the ball sometimes.”
Horne has also drawn interest from Vanderbilt, Clemson and Memphis. After using one of his five official visits to stop at Pepperdine, Horne will use July to narrow his list and determine the other four schools that will get visits.
“I’m going to be narrowing it down to probably my top-5 schools [in July], take my official visits in August and September and probably make a decision either in late September or early [October],” Horne said.
For now, he’s soaking in the newfound interest.
“It’s been exciting,” Horne said. “To be able to see the growth of my recruitment from last year to now is pretty mind blowing actually. I just made sure I stayed in the gym and continued to work on the things that I knew were my shortcomings.”