Al Horford, son of former NBA player Tito Horford, is a junior power forward for the Florida Gators. He is 6’10” and weighs 245 lbs. Along with teammates Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer, he led the Gators to back-to-back national championships.
Horford is very strong in the post and is more polished on defense than he is on offense. This season, he has improved his jumper and his post game, and scouts are starting to take notice. He is also quite fast and has great ball handling skills for his size. He is considered to be very coachable with a good work ethic.
Even though many believed he would have been a lottery pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Horford, along with Noah and Brewer, decided to stay in school for another season. With the NBA’s new age limit forcing many prep stars to college for the 2006-07 season, the 2007 draft will be extremely deep. Still, with his improved face up game, Horford’s stock has actually risen since last season and in many mock drafts, he has passed Noah as a NBA prospect. Many pundits expect him to be a top five pick.
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Quotes about Al Horford
“[NBA Scouts] were really impressed with his toughness in the paint against one of the most physical college players in the country, Purdue's Carl Landry. He made a number of excellent decisions in the post, showed great passing ability and was a defensive stopper both in the paint and on the perimeter. If he was on any other program in the country besides Florida, he probably would've been a 20-10 guy. How many NBA guys will pass on that when you factor in his size, athleticism and NBA-ready body?” – ESPN’s Chad Ford discusses the scouts’ views of Horford
“Horford has the body and skill set needed to play in the NBA right away. He was a beast as a shot blocker and rebounder, and he impresses scouts with his ability to handle the ball under pressure in the open court. Horford needs a lot more polish on the offensive end, but he has everything else you want in a power player -- the length, strength, motor, athleticism and basketball IQ that coaches crave in a power forward. His game still has room to grow, but right now he looks like a lock for the Top 10.” – ESPN’s Draft Tracker