Picture this. City championship game, your team is down by three, you get the ball with ten seconds left on the clock with a chance to tie the game and force overtime. You shoot, you miss, but get fouled in the act. Now there is even more pressure on your back because time has expired and you must knock down three clutch free throws to send the game into overtime. In the extra session you score 7 points and your team wins the game by 2, capturing their first city championship.
Would you be able to handle that type of pressure? Well, this wasn’t too much to handle for the 6-7, 205-pound forward and Waterloo, Ontario native, Gavin Horne.
Horne, who attends Waterloo Collegiate Institute (W.C.I.), averaged 23.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2.1 blocks per game and helped the Vikings to a 39-10 record this season. His all-around play has translated into a Division 1 scholarship next fall to Western Carolina University.
“I chose Western Carolina because they have a young team and there is an opportunity for me to get some playing time at my position,” says an eager Horne of his new found home. “There will be a lot of competition that gives me the opportunity to strengthen my basketball skills.”
“Gavin is a very humble and unselfish player,” says W.C.I. senior head coach Craig Nickel, of the modest Horne. “Defensively, he is a true stopper. At different times throughout the season, he had to defend all positions on the floor. Offensively, he can score in a lot of ways; dunks, in the post with outstanding footwork and from behind the arc.”
With all his recent success and ability to hit clutch shots, Gavin shouldn’t have any problems contributing immediately to the Catamounts in the upcoming season.