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Keith Van Horn ... Four Years of Greatness

Keith Van Horn

Rick Majerus Talks About Keith Van Horn

"Keith meant more to the team as a person. He was a very good leader and someone who enjoyed playing. He liked the challenge of undertaking the path necessary to become an outstanding player. It was a journey for him, and I think he very likely may have relished the journey more than the destination.

I liked the fact that Keith was an exemplary captain and someone who improved in every aspect of play every year. But what I liked best about Keith was not what happened on the court. I liked best the way he evolved as a student, his growth as a person, and the fact that he remained humble, and very much one of the guys for his entire career. Keith Van Horn represented the best of what the student-athlete is. He was someone who had a lot of fun on the court and off the court, was committed in the classroom, and above and beyond that, a willing participant in community endeavors. He was someone who any other player could look on as a role model. Keith will always be remembered by me as a better person than a player, and he was an outstanding player."

Van Horn's Highlights as a Ute

  • Became first Utah consensus All-American since 1962.
  • Became first player in conference history to be named WAC Player of the Year three times (1995, '96, '97).
  • Only the second player in WAC history to make first-team all-WAC four years.
  • District Player of the Year three years in a row (1995,'96,'97).
  • Leading career scorer in Utah and WAC history with 2,542 points.
  • Runnerup for Wooden Award, Boost-Naismith Award and RCA Player of the Year Awards.
  • Two-time WAC Tournament MVP (1995 and 1997).
  • 1996 Desert News Athlete of the Year.
  • 1996 Utah M.S. Male Athlete of the Year.
  • Third player in school history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds.
  • Second on Utah career rebound list with 1,074 rebounds.
  • 50 double-doubles in points and rebounds in his career.
  • Averaged 20.8 points and 8.8 rebounds during his career.
  • Finished second in the nation in free throw shooting during the 1996-97, hitting .904 from the line.
  • Became Utah's highest NBA draft choice ever when he was the second player taken in the 1997 draft.

    Career Statistics

    YEAR     G-GS   MIN   FG-FGA    PCT 3PT-ATT  PCT  FT-FTA  PCT  REB-AVG  PF-D  AT  BS ST   PTS-AVG
    1993-94  25-24  29.6  161-312  .516  35- 79 .443 100-129 .775  208-8.3  60-2  21  41 19  457-18.3
    1994-95  33-33  30.1  246-451  .545  59-153 .386 143-167 .856  280-8.5  69-1  45  25 25  694-21.0
    1995-96  32-32  30.9  236-439  .538  54-132 .409 160-188 .851  283-8.8  63-1  31  23 21  686-21.4
    1996-97  32-32  31.5  248-504  .492  58-150 .387 151-167 .904  303-9.5  61-1  45  37 22  705-22.0
    TOTALS  122-121       891-1706 .522 206-514 .401 554-651 .851 1074-8.8 253-5 142 126 87 2542-20.8
    

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