Kenny Horton: A Solid Player For Ossining HS

Reporters Mike Sullivan and Brian Towey weigh in with their thoughts on impressive basketball player Kenny Horton ...

Kenny Horton is a pretty impressive basketball player. He's someone as you watch more -- the more you appreciate him as a basketball player. Horton, a 6-foot-5 versatile hoops player from Ossining High School in New York, recently gave an MVP performance against Melquan Bolding and the Archbishop Stepinac program.

The event was held this past weekend at Pace University and was sponsored by the Westchester Elite basketball program.

Reporters Mike Sullivan and Brian Towey were at the event at Pace. First, here are Brian Towey's thoughts on Kenny Horton:

The more you see Horton, the more you appreciate what he does. With the Westchester Hawks this summer, he really made his presence felt defensively, an active player who played the passing lanes well with that incredible length and huge wingspan.

Offensively, he spent more time in the low post with the Hawks but has shown some wing skills playing with his high school team. With Ossining, he plays with the ball in his hands a lot more, and does a lot of good things. He brings the ball up at times, and has good vision, an alert passer with savvy.

Kenny's a good outlet passer, as well as in the halfcourt. He has shown the ability to slash to the rim and improvise on the fly. He has a solid basketball IQ and generally makes good decisions.

Horton has a great nose for the ball and is a strong rebounder with his length. He is effective as a shotblocker with that length and ability to get off of the floor very quickly. He had a couple of emphatic blocks against Stepinac.

Horton fills up a stat sheet, and his line in Sunday's win over Stepinac is proof: 27 points (10-for-14 FG, 7-for-7 FT), 14 rebounds, seven blocks, and four assists vs. three turnovers. He was outstanding, and all over the floor.

Bottom line: Horton looks like a great find for Coach Joe DeSantis and Quinnipiac. He's a guy who doesn't have a huge rep in the greater New York area but deserves more recognition. As he continues to get stronger, Kenny could develop into a valuable contributor at the college level with his versatility and ability to impact a game in so many ways.

Mike Sullivan's View: Joe DeSantis is an outstanding individual and terrific head coach. So Horton will thrive under Joe's direction. And certainly Quinnipiac will benefit from Horton too as a player.

Kenny is a winner. It's obvious that Ossining High School is a well-coached team. The coaching staff does an excellent job in teaching fundamentals and team defense.

In addition, Horton had the benefit of playing for the Westchester Hawks AAU program during the summer under head coach Phil Diasparra. Kenny improved his game over the summer too by competing in this solid AAU program.

Horton is a kid you root for all the time. He plays with intensity, possesses those long arms, and is likely to be an all conference player for Quinnipiac down the road. Joe DeSantis can smile.


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