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Jon Horford
20140102 Jon Horford dunk (3).JPG
Horford dunking in the MichiganMinnesota 2013–14 Big Ten season opener
No. 22 – Grand Rapids Drive
Position Power forward
League NBA G League
Personal information
Born (1991-10-16) October 16, 1991 (age 26)
Lansing, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Grand Ledge
(Grand Ledge, Michigan)
NBA draft 2015 / Undrafted
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
2015 Indios de San Francisco de Macorís
2015–2017 Canton Charge
2017–present Grand Rapids Drive
Career highlights and awards

Jonathon Kelly Horford (born October 16, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League. He played one season of college basketball for the Florida Gators during the 2014–15 season. Before Florida, he played four years with the Michigan Wolverines ending with the 2013–14 team. He was an All-State high school basketball player for Grand Ledge High School in Michigan. His father, Tito Horford, and brother, Al Horford, have both played in the National Basketball Association.

Early years[edit]

Horford is the son of Elizabeth and Tito Horford. His father was the first player born in the Dominican Republic to play in the NBA.[1][2][3] His older brother, Al, led the Florida Gators to NCAA basketball championships in 2006 and 2007, and was the third overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.[4][5] Horford attended the 2007 NCAA Tournament at the Georgia Dome to watch his brother.[6] Horford played high school basketball at Grand Ledge High School in Grand Ledge, Michigan[5][7][8] where he was selected as a first-team Class A All-State player in 2010 by the Associated Press, The Detroit News, and the Detroit Free Press.[9] His younger brother Josh Horford is a senior on the Grand Ledge High School basketball team. [10]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jon Horford
Grand Ledge, Michigan Grand Ledge High School, (MI) 6 ft 8.5 in (2.04 m) 192.5 lb (87.3 kg) Mar 26, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 88
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 42 (PF)   ESPN: 76 (PF)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]


Horford blocks a shot in 2012

In March 2010, Horford verbally committed to play college basketball at the University of Michigan, choosing Michigan over California and Providence.[11][12] He signed a letter of intent two weeks later at the opening of the spring signing period on April 14.[13][14]

As a freshman, Horford appeared in 29 games for the 2010–11 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team. He totaled 11 blocked shots, good for second place on the Michigan team behind Jordan Morgan.[15] He also totaled 58 rebounds as he helped the team to a 21-14 record.[9]

As a sophomore, Horford gained 30 pounds (from 220 to 250 pounds), raising expectations that he would become a more dominant player.[15] Early in the season, he appeared in nine games for the 2011–12 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team. He scored a career-high 12 points, all in the first half, against UCLA at the Maui Invitational Tournament on November 23, 2011.[9][16] In early December, he sustained a stress fracture to his right foot that resulted in his missing the final 25 games of the season. Horford was granted a medical redshirt due to the injury.[9][17][18][19]

As a redshirt sophomore, Horford appeared in 28 games and averaged 9.2 minutes per game for the 2012–13 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team. He missed five games after sustaining a knee injury in a December 15 game against West Virginia. Horford blocked three shots on two separate occasions, against Arkansas on December 8, 2012, and against Northwestern on January 30, 2013.[9] In mid-March, he scored a season-high 11 points in Michigan's 83-66 victory over Penn State in the Big Ten tournament.[20] He totaled 16 blocks for the season, ranking fourth on the team behind Mitch McGary (24), Trey Burke (18), and Tim Hardaway, Jr. (17).

As Michigan advanced to the 2013 Final Four at the Georgia Dome, Horford drew attention for his interest in reading ancient Chinese texts. In the locker room after Michigan's overtime victory over Kansas, Horford was in a corner of the locker room reading "Tao Te Ching", a Chinese text written around the 6th century BC.[21] Horford's older brother, Al, who had played for Florida's back-to-back national championship teams, expressed pride: "It's just exciting. He was here watching me a few years ago going through the Final Four in Atlanta and now here's here, so we're super excited."[22] The 2013 final four was at the same Georgia Dome that Al had won the championship at in 2007.[6] Michigan reached the championship game.

On November 8, 2013, Horford posted a career high 12 rebounds against the UMass Lowell in the season opener.[23][24] In the subsequent game against South Carolina State on November 12, Horford again established a career high of 15 rebounds and added 9 points leaving him a point shy of a double-double.[25][26] Prior to the game, the last time a Michigan Wolverine had posted 15 or more rebounds was when Manny Harris posted 16 on December 29, 2008 against North Carolina Central.[27][28] In the January 2 Big Ten Conference opener against Minnesota at the Williams Arena, Horford established a new career high with 14 points and added 9 rebounds.[29][30] On March 4, Horford had 10 rebounds against Illinois to help Michigan clinch its 14th and 8th outright Big Ten Conference championship.[31][32] The 2013–14 team advanced to the elite eight round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament before being eliminated by Kentucky.[33] Horford announced on April 10 that he would use his 5th year of redshirt eligibility by transferring to a graduate program at another school. Because he graduated in April, he was eligible to immediately join another team for the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season.[34] On April 26, Horford announced he was transferring to play for the Florida Gators men's basketball team.[35]


Horford opened the season in the starting lineup for the 2014–15 Florida Gators on November 14 against William & Mary.[36] Horford posted 17 points against Miami (FL) on November 17.[37] He posted a double-double with 11 rebounds and 10 points against Georgetown on November 26.[38]

Professional career[edit]

After graduating from Florida, Horford joined Indios de San Francisco de Macorís of the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto in May 2015. He appeared in seven games for the club, averaging 2.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He left the team in June[39] and returned to the United States where he joined the Atlanta Hawks for the 2015 NBA Summer League. He managed just one appearance for the Hawks. [40]

On September 18, 2015, Horford signed with the Milwaukee Bucks,[41] but was waived on October 7.[42] On December 23, he was acquired by the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.[43] He made his debut for the Charge later that night against the Grand Rapids Drive, recording 10 points and 9 rebounds in a 113–111 loss.[44]

On August 25, 2016, Horford signed with Stella Artois Leuven Bears of the Belgian League.[45] However, he left the squad without playing a game for them. He ultimately returned to Canton for the 2016–17 season.[46]


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  2. ^ Alex Rodriguez (February 11, 2010). "Jon Horford y Peña deben estar en la mira de Fedombal". 
  3. ^ "Michigan Men's Basketball Has Three Sons of N.B.A. Players". The New York Times. November 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ Michael Rothstein (January 16, 2012). "Jon Horford seen returning this week". 
  5. ^ a b Michael Rothstein (July 15, 2010). "Michigan freshman Jon Horford goes from reluctant participant to college basketball player". 
  6. ^ a b Snyder, Mark and Joe Rexrode (2013-04-06). "Michigan's Jon Horford back in Atlanta where brother won NCA title". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  7. ^ "Horford's 22 help Grand Ledge hang on". Lansing State Journal. December 12, 2009. 
  8. ^ Brandon Howell (February 9, 2010). "Jon Horford's buzzer-beating lay-in clinches Grand Ledge upset of Okemos". 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Joh Horford Bio". University of Michigan. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Grand Ledge hoopster Josh Horford avoids name game". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2016-03-10. 
  11. ^ Michael Rothstein (March 26, 2010). "Jon Horford commits to Michigan basketball program, and word spreads fast". 
  12. ^ "Wolverines Add Horford to the 2010-11 Class of Signees". CBS Interactive. April 14, 2010. Archived from the original on 18 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Horford heightens UM's lineup". Detroit Free Press. April 15, 2010. 
  14. ^ Michael Rothstein (April 14, 2010). "Forward Jon Horford officially signs letter of intent to attend Michigan". 
  15. ^ a b Chantel Jennings (February 24, 2012). "Horford has high hopes for new season: Sophomore forward has added 30 pounds to his 6-9 frame, raising expectations". 
  16. ^ Nick Baumgardner (November 23, 2011). "Jon Horford's career half helps Michigan fend off UCLA's post presence in Maui Invitational win". 
  17. ^ Michael Rothstein (February 6, 2012). "Horford says he'll likely redshirt". 
  18. ^ Michael Rothstein (February 24, 2012). "Michigan's Jon Horford won't play". 
  19. ^ "Michigan sophomore Jon Horford out for season". Royal Oak Daily Tribune (AP story). February 24, 2012. 
  20. ^ Shawn Windsor (March 15, 2013). "Jon Horford sparks Michigan offense with expanded playing time". Detroit Free Press. 
  21. ^ Kyle Meinke (March 30, 2013). "From Mitch McGary's rapping, to Jon Horford's ancient Chinese texts, Michigan's eclectic group staying loose". 
  22. ^ Jennifer Mayerle (April 5, 2013). "Hawks Al Horford cheers for brother Jon and Michigan in Final Four". Fox 19 (CBS Atlanta). 
  23. ^ "Postgame Notes: #7 Michigan 69, UMass Lowell 42". CBS Interactive. 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  24. ^ "Mass Lowell 42 (0-1, 0-1 away); (7) Michigan 69 (1-0, 1-0 home)". ESPN. 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  25. ^ "Caris LeVert drains six 3's as No. 7 Michigan breezes". ESPN. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  26. ^ "Postgame Notes: #7 Michigan 93, South Carolina State 59". CBS Interactive. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  27. ^ "N Carolina Cent 57 (0-15, 0-10 away); (23) Michigan 77 (10-2, 8-0 home)". ESPN. 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  28. ^ "Michigan Men's Basketball 2013-14 Game Day Notebook" (PDF). 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  29. ^ "Michigan outlasts Minnesota in Big Ten opener". ESPN. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  30. ^ "Postgame Notes: Michigan 63, Minnesota 60". MGoBlue. CBS Interactive. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  31. ^ Mercer, David (2014-03-04). "No. 12 Michigan wins outright Big Ten title with rout of Illinois". ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  32. ^ "Postgame Notes: #12 Michigan 84, Illinois 53". CBS Interactive. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  33. ^ "(8) Kentucky 75 (28-10, 12-6 SEC); (2) Michigan 72 (28-9, 15-3 Big Ten)". ESPN. 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  34. ^ Borzello, Jeff (2014-04-10). "Michigan's Jon Horford transferring, should be eligible immediately". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  35. ^ Goodman, Jeff (2014-04-26). "Jon Horford transfers to Florida". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  36. ^ "William & Mary 45 (0-1, 0-1 away); (7) Florida 68 (1-0, 1-0 home)". ESPN. 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  37. ^ "Miami rallies back from 15-point hole, knocks off No. 8 Florida". ESPN. Associated Press. 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  38. ^ "Georgetown edges No. 18 Florida in OT of Battle 4 Atlantis quarters". ESPN. Associated Press. 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2014-11-27. 
  39. ^ "El Centro Jon Horford abandona Indios de San Francisco". June 11, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015. [permanent dead link] (in Spanish)
  40. ^ "Atlanta Hawks: Winners and losers from 2015 Las Vegas Summer League". July 20, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  41. ^ "BUCKS ANNOUNCE 2015 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". September 18, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  42. ^ "BUCKS REQUEST WAIVERS ON HORFORD AND WESTBROOK". October 7, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  43. ^ "Charge Add Two Players". December 23, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  44. ^ "Grand Rapids Drive Edge Canton Charge". December 23, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  45. ^ "Leuven Bears land Jon Horford". August 25, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  46. ^ "Canton Charge 2016 Training Camp Roster". November 1, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 

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