The Ballarat Miners’ 2014 roster is going from strength to strength with the signing of 201-centimetre power forward Ken Horton.
“It feels great to join the Ballarat organization. I’m honoured and blessed, and I want to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to come and bring my skill-set to the team and the city of Ballarat,” said Horton.
Miners head coach David Flint expressed excitement about Horton’s signing.
“We are thrilled to have Ken join the team. He’s a great athlete and really strengthens our team at both ends of the court. I believe he will also bring a lot to the community and be a great role model,” said Flint.
The athletic 24-year-old graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2012 averaging 19 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block per game. Horton was the 2011 NCAA North East Conference Player of the Year and received NEC 1st Team honours in 2011 and 2012.
Horton has played two seasons of professional basketball, one in Cyprus and one in Mexico where he averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block per game.
“Coming to the team I will bring my hunger to win and my emotion, along with my ability to score and rebound the ball. I also love to get my teammates involved. When everybody has a part in winning a game or doing something good it helps to form a strong chemistry and a team bond. That’s important,” said Horton.
Horton is eager to get involved in Ballarat Basketball’s strong community program which supports local schools and community groups with player visits and donations.
“I understand that community is a strong belief for the people of Ballarat and a team philosophy. I enjoy doing stuff for the community and helping the younger children out as well so I’m excited about that,” said Horton.
Horton is due to arrive in Ballarat in February.
“I’m excited to come and play in Ballarat and I can’t wait to show the city what I can bring to the team.”