Here’s a scary thought to Florida fans. Al Horford, Florida’s bruising, first-team All-SEC forward, didn’t have the Gators on his radar as a high-school sophomore.
“I really wanted to go to Miami,” Horford admitted last week.
Why didn’t he?
Former Miami coach Perry Clark never called. Clark was on the trail of 6-foot-11 prep star C.J. Giles, who de-committed to Miami and ended up at Kansas when Clark was fired.
Horford’s father, former NBA center Tito Horford, played at Miami from 1987-88 and was one of the school’s first stars after it revived the college basketball program in 1985.
Still, Miami never called. Giles was dismissed from Kansas last fall after repeated disciplinary and legal problems. Horford, at 13.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, is coming off an SEC Tournament MVP performance and is projected as an NBA Lottery pick.