Kenneth Horton (201-F-89, college: CCSU) is a 31 year old 201cm forward from Ossining, New York that completed his 10th professional season and second with San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos averaging 8.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 72.2%; and played 12 BCL games averaging 9.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 74.2%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 76.5% helping the club win their second consecutibve BCL title.The American began his basketball career at Ossining High School and then played at Central Connecticut State University (NCAA) from 2007-2013. He has seen a lot of the world as a professional having played in countries like France, Mexico, Australia, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Italy and now currently in Spain. It has been more than 5 years since he last played for German teams Telekom Baskets Bonn and medi Bayreuth. The ex EasyCredit BBL player won the 2020 BCL title and won it again in 2021 and spoke to germanhoops.com about this exceptional feat.
Ken thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Congrats on winning your second Basketball Champions League beating Pinar Karsiyaka 64-59. Can you imagine what the streets in Burgos were like when the siren sounded?
Thanks a lot man. I feel it had to be crazy here in Burgos. There were still restrictions here but I know the fans were very happy!
How did you experience the wining feeling when the buzzer sounded? Was it stronger, as strong or weaker than last years win?
For me it was an amazing feeling. It was definitely as strong as the first win. Very very gratifying.
Which title was sweeter last season’s or this one? You had to battle more against the Turkish side than against AEK it seems?
They were both sweet wins. Both games were tough and we definitely had to fight in both games. Two different teams but both very tough opponents.
The fourth quarter was a real nail bitter. What was key at the end for being able to pull out the win?
Both teams wanted to win. It came down to who made more plays.
How key was the leadership of captain Vitor Benite and pick up of Alex Renfroe for the success in the Basketball Champions league?
Those guys are great players who can give you and amazing game at anytime. It was just up to us to stick to the game plan and make it as difficult as possible. Not only Vitor and Alex, but Omar’s leadership was a real big difference maker in our success this season not only in BCL but ACB as well.
You played more games this season than last season where you came in the stretch run to help. Your stats were similar this season to last. How content were you with your personal Basketball Champions League season?
Of course you always feel that you can play better and do more. So I don’t think anyone would be content with certain stats. For me I’m at a point where I want to be a part of winning. This season we won 3 championships that’s the beat stats that anyone could get.
You had some huge offensive games, but really stepped it up on the defensive end. What was key this season for you being an impact defender?
I just wanted to do my part. I know I’ve always been capable of guarding multiple positions so this year with the team we had and the opportunities we created defense and energy was a very high priority. So that became the main focus above other things.
What was your second favorite moment in the Basketball Champions League this season after winning the title?
I think I would say going down to Argentina and competing for the Intercontinental Championship. That was really cool and gave me a chance to see a different part of the world that I have never been. On top of that we brought home the trophy, so that made it extra special.
Who was the toughest guard that you battled this season in the Basketball Champions League this season?
We played against a lot of good guards this season so it’s kind of hard to pick just one.
Chris Paul recently passed Magic Johnson for fifth all-time in assists. Where do you rank him with the best point guards all-time despite never having won a ring?
Of course he’s one of the best PG’s all time. There has been a lot of people who were all time greats that did not win a championship. I don’t think that hurts his legacy. He’s going to be a HALL OF FAMER regardless.
Draymond Green recently said he is the best defender of all-time. Do you agree?
I feel that he should feel like that. That’s his specialty and he takes a lot of pride in that. He can defend multiple positions on the floor and can read and see that game better than most. Not a lot of players can do what he does. I don’t know if I would say best all time but he’s definitely close.
Thanks Ken for the chat.