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    Jeff Hornacek

    Anybody know what Jeff's up to now? He's probably one of the most successful NBA players ISU has ever produced, but I never seem to hear him talked about much even on this site.

    I thought about him when it was announced Sean Haluska is going to be a walk on next year for us. Jeff Hornacek was a walk on believe it or not.

    Jeff was a great player. Very unselfish with the ball and he could can the big shots. If Sean turns out to be half as good we'll have a heck of a player.



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    Re: Jeff Hornacek

    Yeah, I'm not sure what Jeff is up to these days. He was one of my favorite players. He played his whole career with the same intensity that took him from walk on to the NBA. It's good to remember that he was a walk on, because some of these kids that noone thinks twice about could use him as a role model and do very well.



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    Re: Jeff Hornacek

    I used to be a big Jazz fan because of Hornacek. I was one of those kids that used to mimic my favorite player but instead of sticking my tongue out like Jordan, I was brushing my face on free throws like Hornacek.

    At any rate, I just heard a bit of news about Jeff last month. I was kind of surprised when I came across it because I haven't heard anything about him since his jersey was retired. Apparently he was called upon by Andre Kirilenko to help with his jump shooting. Click here for that story.


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    Re: Jeff Hornacek

    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    I used to be a big Jazz fan because of Hornacek. I was one of those kids that used to mimic my favorite player but instead of sticking my tongue out like Jordan, I was brushing my face on free throws like Hornacek.

    At any rate, I just heard a bit of news about Jeff last month. I was kind of surprised when I came across it because I haven't heard anything about him since his jersey was retired. Apparently he was called upon by Andre Kirilenko to help with his jump shooting. Click here for that story.
    Wow, the Jazz retired his number...I didn't know that, or if I did, I killed that brain cell.



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    Re: Jeff Hornacek

    Jeff and his with Stacie are two class people.
    I had an opportunity to play softball (Grand Daddy's)here in Ames with Jeff between his junior and senior season at ISU. Safe to say, Jeff was exceptional player. He was our shortstop, beautiful anticipation of the game. In fact in the semi-finals, we moved our Third Baseman (Chris Boskey) from thrird base to right behind second base and Jeff handled the complete left side of the in-field. We won class "A" state that year. Stacie was always supportive of the team and Jeff was so strong on his support to Stacie.

    When ISU honored Orr team with Jeff and teammates, it was really special to get a car flag with all thier autographs, and Jeff was kind enough to call afterwards and talk about some of the ol' gang.



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    Re: Jeff Hornacek

    Jeff and his wife lived on a normal person's salary while he was in the NBA and put the rest in the bank. He can now live comfortably for the rest of his life. Love to see him in some capacity at ISU someday. Class guy with his head on straight.



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    Re: Jeff Hornacek

    I remember an interview with Jordan some years ago, and he mentioned Hornacek was the toughest player he had to guard because of his running shot. Too bad he never won a title, I think if he did it would have made him a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame.



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    Re: Jeff Hornacek

    I met Hornacek back in 1985. I was lifting weights at Beyer gym, and he was playing pickup basketball with the guys who always used to play in there. My girlfriend, (who is now my wife of 19 years) was standing outside the weightroom waiting for me to finish my workout, and Hornacek was talking to her.

    After Jeff went back to his game, and I finished my workout, my girlfriend remarked casually, "I think that goofy looking dork was trying to hit on me." Of course, she had never seen a single basketball game and didn't know who he was....



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    Re: Jeff Hornacek

    A link with a little more about Jeff at the time of his retirement from the NBA...

    deseretnews.com | Jeff Hornacek: Gone, but never forgotten



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    Re: Jeff Hornacek

    Quote Originally Posted by nfrine View Post
    A link with a little more about Jeff at the time of his retirement from the NBA...

    deseretnews.com | Jeff Hornacek: Gone, but never forgotten
    This is an amazing article. I urge all of you to read it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cyputz View Post
    Jeff and his with Stacie are two class people.
    I had an opportunity to play softball (Grand Daddy's) here in Ames with Jeff between his junior and senior season at ISU. Safe to say, Jeff was exceptional player. He was our shortstop
    I played in a 24-hour tournament in Newton against you guys that Summer and I was the opposing shortstop. Suffice it to say, I was ready to move to extra-hitter after my team-mates compared my range to his! You guys also had an ex-football player (Tom Randall?) who launched some moon-shots and generally made playing left-side infield a scary proposition!

    I worked food service at the Towers for a year, and Stacie was my "partner" at the dish machine two nights / week. Very nice girl and always upbeat, which is hard to be when you're scrubbing pots and pans...

    As for Jeff's walk-on status, I'm 99.9% positive he enrolled at a non-scholarship Ivy League (Brown? Cornell?) school, didn't like it early and enrolled at ISU after classes had begun. I think that explains why he was a walk-on, as opposed to his being an "unknown" to Orr & company...


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    Quote Originally Posted by nfrine View Post
    A link with a little more about Jeff at the time of his retirement from the NBA...

    deseretnews.com | Jeff Hornacek: Gone, but never forgotten
    Great article! Thanks for sharing. We need to get Jeff and some of the other "greats" back in town sometime...



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    Re: Jeff Hornacek

    when i was a kid, horny was one of 3 of my favorite players. barry stevens, and grayer were the other two. great article. thanks for posting.



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    Re: Jeff Hornacek

    Jeff is an all-time favorite of mine. A last minute walk-on that led the team in desire and hustle (as well as a lot of the traditional stats). I can remember Jeff going toe-to-toe with an opponent (often much bigger than him) that was messing with one of his team members. There were a lot of good players that became outstanding players when Jeff was on the court.

    He is what it's all about when it comes to collegiate sports. It would be great to have another Jeff or two around!



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    Re: Jeff Hornacek

    A couple of years ago I used to work with a guy who was invited to try out at one of the Suns' camps years ago. I learned he played when Jeff was with the Suns, so I asked him what he thought about Jeff Hornacek. (Note, the guy had no idea I went to Iowa State). The guy went on and on about him. He said it was absolutely incredible how hard/fast and accurate his passes were. Probably the best he's seen. "He's got skills" I believe was another quote.


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