It has been a long and winding recruiting road for Grand Ledge (MI) forward Jon Horford, but after narrowing his list a few months back he is now readying himself to choose where he'll play his college basketball. The three schools that remain in contention are Michigan, Providence and California.
On Michigan – "They are close to home, they are a Big Ten school and I like the coaching staff. I talk with Coach Beilein quite often."
Providence - "Big East school good coaching staff I talk with (Asst. coach) Chris Davis as much as I can."
CAL (Berkley) – "CAL has had a good season and they win games."
Horford reports an offer from Providence not yet from CAL… so that leaves Michigan. Have the Wolverines offered?
"They need me to come down and talk to them in person to confirm the offer," Horford said. "I will do that some time after our season is over. Coach also talked about me coming into the program and getting minutes but he said I will have to work hard to get them."
It has been customary for Beilein to have prospects and their parents go through the campus tour, academic presentation, and in-depth meeting with the coaching staff prior to being tendered an offer. At this point it appears that is all that stands between Horford and an official scholarship. Based upon the youngster has heard up to this point, he believes he is wanted at Michigan.
Said Horford, "(Beilein) had a chance to see me play recently and he said the way I played is the way he wants me to play (at Michigan)."
The way Jon Horford plays is hard all the time -- running the floor, rebounding, getting good post position and playing solid defense. That is something that his brother, Atlanta Hawks PF Al Horford, counsels him on.
"Al talks to me about controlling the things that I control like defense, blocking shots, rebounding and hustle plays," Horford said. "He says it is the little things that I should focus on."
To taking heed to his brother's advice is all part of young Horford's non-stop drive to improve.
"I would like to put on some more weight," he said. "I'll continue to work hard in the off season so that I can become a better player."
It appears to only be a matter of time before Horford determines whether he will be that player in Ann Arbor.