His AAU team, the 16 and under Michigan Mustangs, took part in the Motown Showdown at Lansing Eastern's Don Johnson Field House this past weekend and the Grand Ledge native got a taste of playing close to one of his potential destinations: Michigan State, a school with which he is very familiar.
"(Last year) I went to all the football games and most of the home basketball games, so I've talked to the players and Izzo," he said. "(The season) was a little rough but it happens They could have gotten more from their posts, but Raymar (Morgan) stepped it big time and Neitzel got hot late and that's when you need it most."
Horford has plenty of room to develop offensively and as a sophomore he has a lot of time to build on his 185-pound frame. With some words of advice from his older brother he plans on changing that.
"The bench is probably the most important (weight lifting I do.) That's what my brother tells me to hit the most. When his body developed, his game jumped big time, so that's what I'm working on" Horford said.
With the guidance of his elder, sibling this AAU star should shine brightly throughout his college career, but until then he still feels he has areas he needs to shore up in order to be ready for the college game.
"My strengths are rebounding defensively and offensively, blocking shots, my mid-range game and I'm a pretty good free throw shooter," he said. "My weaknesses are dribbling, and perimeter defense. My natural position is center — I feel most comfortable inside. (I work on my post moves) every day."
Despite his lack of bulk, Horford remains very comfortable in the paint on both ends and his strengths on the glass are more than enough to get him by while his offensive game develops.
Being a natural center like his brother, the comparisons are bound to come, but with his ability to alter shots and be a dominant defensive force, the younger Horford brother hopes to emerge from his brother's massive shadow as the best of the Horford clan.