The Dallas Mavericks Sign LSU Guard Keith Hornsby
The Mavericks used one of their remaining training camp roster spots on undrafted combo guard, Keith Hornsby.
The 24-year-old LSU product is the son of renowned musician Bruce Hornsby, a musician Rick Carlisle has experience performing with in impromptu fashion. Hornsby will now look to compete for a roster spot with several other undrafted rookies such as Nicolas Brussino, Jonathan Gibson, and Kyle Collinsworth.
Hornsby’s college career began at UNC-Asheville where he tried to make a name for himself in the Big South Conference. In his freshman season, Hornsby played in all 34 games, but averaged just 4 PPG. In his sophomore year however, he was significantly more impactful. Shooting 38% from beyond the arc while averaging 15 PPG, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists, Hornsby started 29 games during an extremely productive season. Hornsby also finished 2nd in all of Division I in free throw shooting, making an incredible 99 out of 107 attempts(92.5%).
Hornsby transferred to LSU just before his junior year, and continued to showcase his solid shooting touch and consistent free throw shooting. During a tight game against heavily favored Arkansas, Hornsby sinked a corner three to bury the 18th ranked Razorbacks at the buzzer. Hornsby scored in double figures in 26 of the 34 games he played as a junior.
Hornsby’s senior season was the ultimate showcase of his three-point touch. Burying six threes in a key game against Houston, Hornsby became one of the best snipers in all of division one. Hornsby’s season was cut short by season-ending hernia surgery. Now cleared to play, Hornsby receives a partially guaranteed contract from Dallas.
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Hornsby has a very tall order to make the Mavs roster, but the Mavs need significantly more shooting on the perimeter, a team trait Mark Cuban admitted was lacking in an interview with Tim Cowlishaw and Matt Mosley. The Mavs still have two roster spots available to anyone that interests them, with the hope they can make their roster as young and athletic as possible for the 2016-2017 campaign.