Princeton was the Greater Miami Conference (GMC) champions last season finishing just ahead of Middletown (Bill Edwards, Allen Roberts, Tony Peters). Each school won its home games during the regular season, but Princeton won the third match in the sectionals at Xavier's Cintas Center. Both Princeton and Middletown return their key players from last season and are likely to again face each other three more times.
"We will win the state title," said Horne. "Middletown has a strong team and will be our conference rivals."
Last year, Horne averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds per game. Horne said he was one of the GMC leaders in points, blocks, and rebounds.
Marquis Horne describes his game as an athletic rebounder who is "very versatile like Lamar Odom." "I can play the 2, 3, or 4 and I shoot pretty well," added Horne. Horne stated, "My weakness is driving and being assertive. I am working on my drive in the gym." College coaches have told him they want to see him be more aggressive.
Horne also said he wants to get stronger and build up his bulk. His need to get stronger will influence his thinking and so weight room facilities will be a factor in college decision.
One of his goals for this summer is to crack the national top 100 rankings for the class of 2009. At Miami's Elite Camp in June, Horne showed he had the potential to do it. His impressive play at the camp reminded some of former Miami All-MAC player Juby Johnson who is now a star in professional basketball.
He is playing summer AAU basketball with Ohio Basketball Club (OBC) along with his high school teammates Stephon Johnson and Orlando Williams. In June, OBC won the Ohio state AAU championship.
Horne's mother, Corlis Williams, describes her son as laid back and an overall great kid who loves the game of basketball. Ms. Williams said, "He has had a passion for basketball since he was a little kid. He was shooting Nerf basketball since he was very little."
Ms. Williams said they had just moved back to the Cincinnati area a year ago. They were originally from Cincinnati, but her career moved them to Marietta, Georgia. They came back when her job relocated her to Cincinnati.
Horne is now beginning to look at where he wants to attend college. He says he has some work to do to qualify academically. He scored an 18 on the ACT and plans on taking the test again in September.
In college, Horne is undecided on what his major will be. However, his lean right now is education because he "would like to be a teacher and maybe a high school coach."
The schools he is primarily interested in are Miami(OH), Ohio, Western Michigan, Kent State, Marshall, St. Bonaventure, Tennessee Tech, and Bowling Green. He has offers from all of those eight schools.
Horne does not have a leader. Horne said, "I am very open." He stated he is receiving a lot of calls lately. His mother added, "He is not sure which school he likes the most. He is indecisive. He likes Miami and UCLA and a lot of larger Division I schools."
Horne has visited Miami, Dayton, and Bowling Green. He plans on taking a visit to Ohio on August 1st. When he gets back from Ohio he will go directly to WMU. He also plans on visiting Kent in the second week of August.
Of the three visits he has taken, Horne liked Miami the most. Horne said, "Of the three, it was the most exciting. I liked the fan interest in the program." Horne added, "I did not get to see the dorms, but the campus was beautiful. All the buildings are very nice and spaced out." Horne mentioned he also was impressed with beauty of Millett Hall. "I would like to visit Miami again soon. It is not far from my house so it should be easy."
On his visit to Dayton, he noted that he liked U.D. Arena a lot. However, Horne felt the campus itself was a little small.
In choosing a college, besides weight training facilities, Horne is looking for "a perfect fit." He wants to go to a school where he can bond with the coaches and be close. He also wants to play right away and will choose a school where the small forward spot is open. Horne does not want to wait until he is a junior to play.
Another factor in his decision could be who he plays with in college. His mother stated, "He and Orlando (Williams) are like best friends. A long time ago they talked about going to college together. They also want to play with (OBC teammate) Danny McElroy." Miami, Kent, and Ohio are the only schools that have offered all three players. Horne said the three discuss playing together. "We talk about it a lot. Miami, Ohio, and Kent are all the same. There is no guarantee we all go together, but there is a good chance."
Horne will not make a decision on a college until he has taken all 5 of his official visits allowed under NCAA rules. Players cannot begin taking official visits until the start of their senior year of high school.