Ken Horton is a 25 year old 199cm forward from Ossining, New York that is playing his fourth professional season and first in Germany with medi Bayreuth which is his sixth team. Last season he tore up the league in Finland playing for Joensuun Kataja Basket (Finland-Korisliiga) winning the league title and playing 55 games: 16.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 86.8%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 17.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 76.3%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 87.5%. He started his basketball career with Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA) in 2007 and as a senior played 28 games averaging 19.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.7apg, 2.1spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 80.2%. He started his professional basketball career in 2012 with SO Maritime Boulogne (France-ProB): 16 games: 12.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 62.5%, 3FGP: 25.8%, FT: 75.9%, in Mar.’13 moved to Forex Time Apollon (Cyprus-Division A): 2 games: 12.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg. IN the 2013-2014 season he played for teams Huracanes de Tampico (Mexico-LNBP)playing 16 games: and averaging 17.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 59.1%, 3FGP: 24.1%, FT: 87.0% and Ballarat Miners (Australia-SEABL) playingb 18 games averaging 19.6ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.8spg, Blocks-2(9.7bpg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 39.9%. He spoke to German Hoops after the big 80-77 win in Ulm.
Ken thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on the big 80-77 win in Ulm. Medi Bayreuth obviously didn´t want to lose in crunch time again. What lessons did the team learn after the bitter loss against the Giessen 46ers?
It was definitely a huge win for us. After that last second loss last week against Giessen we had to come out and work even harder. Also we remember how the game against Ulm was last time we were in the game the whole time then folded at the end we didn’t want to let that happen again.
This was a very tight game throughout where one would never have noticed that there was any difference in skill or standings position between both clubs. Does this continue to be one of the allurements to be playing in this league for you where generally most clubs can play with everyone?
Yeah and that’s one of the things that I like the most about this league, all the teams can play with everyone and in some cases even beat everyone, that makes it more fun knowing on any given night anybody can and no game is a for sure win.
The game was tight in the fourth and being down 63-62, you made a bucket to give medi Bayreuth the lead and the team never looked back. You and John Flowers got the team going and Jake Odum and Andreas Seiferth made some big buckets after that. Where did medi Bayreuth get this extra offensive energy in the fourth quarter?
That fourth quarter was crazy. Everybody just did what they needed to do. We knew we just didn’t want to lose and we knew that if we gave them a chance that they would seize the opportunity. So we had to kick it into the next gear and finish off strong.
Medi Bayreuth were outclassed on the boards, but made up defending the three point line well keeping ratiopharm Ulm to 15%. What was the biggest strength on the night for medi Bayreuth?
Our defense all around was what helped us get this win. We know that Ulm has shooters and athletes so we had to do our best. We didn’t win the battle on the boards but we defended the 3pt line extremely well that was big for us.
How key was it keeping German point guard Per Guenther in check with nine points and four assists. Was that one the keys on the game plan?
He wasn’t really the key for us. We wanted to try and stop them as a team and we did that. We stuck with the game plan and it worked for us.
You only had eight points, but shot 50%. You were outstanding on the defensive end getting two steals and two blocks. Do you leave Ulm after a big win with an extra wide grin, because you were able to give the team a big spark on the defensive end.
I take pride on doing whatever I can to help the team win. Tonight it was scoring like I’m used to. I had to make some people, as on defense to help the team out and I’m happy with that.
Jake Odum was again the best medi Bayreuth player with 17 points, six rebounds and seven assists. If you look back at many games this season and remember what he did, how relieved are you to have him on your own team?
Anybody would be happy to have him on their team. He does a little bit of everything. That’s a great way to play
With the season winding down and medi Bayreuth farther away from the lowest standings, but also far away from the playoffs, what do you feel is this team still capable of doing in the stretch run?
We just need to play like how we know we can and have fun out there. We have to try and string some games together. It’s not going be easy but I know we can do it.
Medi Bayreuth next play FC Bayern Munich seeking revenge after getting blown out on the road. The club is still searching for a win against one of the top 3 teams this season. With the fans behind you and amazing atmosphere at home, is a win possible?
A win is always possible. Every time you step on the court you can win. That’s a mindset I always have.
How cool is it that American Cameron Vines got a 5 game contract? He has played in the fourth league and now has the chance to play in the first league.
Cam is a very good player I think it’s great for him to get a shot to play in the first league. I think it’s good for him just to get a kettle taste of how the atmosphere is and the pace of the game. It’s just the start for him he’ll be good.
March Madness is about to start. What teams do you see reaching the Final 4?
To be honest I haven’t been keeping up with college basketball this year. So I can’t really say.
Some of the older NBA players that played at different times are having a hard time giving Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors credit for their success saying they might not have had that success 20-30 years ago. Are these former players just jealous or why can´t they just give credit where it´s due?
It’s a whole new Era. You can’t compare how it was back then to how it is now. What the Warriors are doing now is history and you can’t take anything away from that. They deserve all the credit.
Recently ESPN made a top 100 greatest NBA players of alltime poll putting Lebron at #3 before legends Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and BIll Russell. Do you see that as being justified?
I think he still has a lot to accomplish but he’s definitely in the conversation.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Last movie I saw was Ride Along 2.
Thanks Ken for the chat.