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KEITH VAN HORN

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Childhood and College

Keith was born to Ken and May Van Horn on October 23, 1975 and graduated from Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California He attended the University of Utah where he went on to be a consensus First Team All-American in 1997 and finished his career at Utah as the school and Western Athletic Conference all time leading scorer. Leading Utah to three NCAA Division I top 25 finishes, including their highest ranking ever in school history (#2),  he went on to receive the 1997 ESPN Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year award.


 

NBA

Keith was selected with the second pick of the 1997 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and was traded to the New Jersey Nets on a draft night trade. He played for the Nets from 1997–2002, leading the Nets in scoring in the 1997–1998 and 1998–1999 seasons where he averaged over 20 points per game and ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring in the 1999 season. A major contributor to the Nets 2002 Eastern Conference Championship team, Keith led the team in rebounding and placed second on the team in scoring. During his NBA career, Van Horn also played for the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks.   While with the Dallas Mavericks, he was an important member of the 2005–2006 Western Conference Championship team.

Keith officially retired from the NBA in 2008 and averaged 16.0 points and nearly 7 rebounds per game during his 10 year NBA career.


Beyond Basketball

Following his NBA career, Keith found success in business, founding Accuworks Software (which owned such brands as Branded Business Apps and Weatherist.com) VH Real Estate Holdings as well as Colorado Premier Basketball Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth become great basketball players and people.

He currently lives in Colorado with his wife Amy and four children.

His current projects include:

Premier Basketball Club

-Founder and Executive Director

Weatherist.com

-Co-Founder and Managing Partner

VH Real Estate Holdings

-President and Founder

Accuworks Software

-Managing Partner


 

College

Keith played for the University of Utah Utes under famed basketball coach Rick Majerus from 1993–1997.

Among his collegiate accomplishments is being the first player in WAC history to be named Player of the Year three times (1995,1996,1997), being the second player in WAC history to make first team all-WAC four years in a row and being the all time leading scorer in University of Utah and WAC history with 2,542 points.

He is the University of Utah career leader in points, defensive rebounds, three point field goals made, free throw percentage and is second in total rebounds.  Well known for his last second heroics, Keith made back to back game winning shots against SMU and New Mexico in the 1997 NCAA Tournament.  Van Horn received numerous All American awards during his career at Utah and was a consensus first team All American selection as a senior.

In 1997 he led the Utes to a 29–4 finish and #2 national ranking, the highest in school history.  His #44 basketball jersey was retired by the University of Utah in 1998.  He was named ESPN Men’s College Player of the Year in 1997.   In February 2008, he was among 16 players named to the University of Utah’s “All-Century” basketball team.

NBA

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Keith was drafted as the second overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers; however, his rights were immediately traded to the New Jersey Nets.
He played for the Nets from 1997 to 2002. He was named 1st Team All Rookie in his first NBA season, averaging a team leading 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds and leading the Nets to the NBA playoffs.  His best season as a pro came in 1999, where he averaged a team-leading 21.8 points per game (5th in the NBA) as well as 8.5 rebounds per game.
He was an important part of the 2002 Nets team that won the Eastern Conference Championship, leading the team in rebounding and placing second in scoring, but they eventually lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2002 NBA Finals.  He hit the game-winning three point shot against the Boston Celtics in game 6 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Championships to send the Nets to the NBA finals. He ranks in the Nets top ten in several statistical categories including points, field goals made, three point field goals made and attempted, and offensive and defensive rebounds.
On August 6, 2002 Van Horn was traded to his original team, the Philadelphia 76ers. He spent one year with the 76ers placing second on the team in scoring and rebounding while the Sixers made the second round of the NBA playoffs. After spending the year with the 76ers he was traded to the New York Knicks.   His stint with the Knicks was short; on February 16, 2004 he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, then to the Dallas Mavericks. Spending nearly two seasons with Dallas, Keith played a key sixth man role and helped the Mavericks win the 2006 Western Conference Championship.  Keith finished his NBA career in 2008.

Achievements

College Career

  • • ESPN NCAA National Player of Year 1997
  • • Consensus Associated Press All American 1996, 1997
  • • WAC Player of the Year 1995, 1996, 1997
  • • WAC and University of Utah Career Scoring Leader
  • • University of Utah All-Century Team
  • • Member of the University of Utah Hall of Fame

NBA Career

  • • 2nd Pick of the 1997 NBA Draft
  • • First Team All Rookie 1998
  • • Ranked 5th in the NBA in scoring 1998 season
  • • 2002 Eastern Conference Champion with the New Jersey Nets
  • • 2006 Western Conference Champion with the Dallas Mavericks
  • • Top Ten Career Leader in New Jersey Nets History in Points, Rebounds, Three Point Field Goals Made and Free Throws Made

Career Stats

  • Points Per Game16
  • Rebounds Per Game7
  • Field Goal Percentage44.3%
  • Three Point Percentage36.1%
  • Free Throw Percentage83.5%

 

 

Philanthropy

Keith and his wife, Amy, through the Keith and Amy Van Horn Charitable Fund, have donated millions of dollars to charity and are proud to support the following outstanding organizations:

University of Utah

University of Utah is Keith’s Alma Mata, and is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah. Founded in 1850, it serves over 31,000 students from across the U.S. and the world.

Huntsman Cancer Institute

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is part of the University of Utah Health Care system. They serve thousands of cancer patients throughout the Intermountain West every year and provide academic and clinical training for future physicians and researchers.

U-Fit Program

U-FIT is a family-centered, family-friendly program designed for children and youth with special needs. They provide physical activities in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere that will help individuals reach their goals

Denver Inner City Parish

Denver Inner City Parish serves Denver’s low-income families by offering programs that focus on four key community needs: HungerEducation, Building Community, and Health & Wellness.  The primary goal of the DICP is to empower their communities and support personal transformations.

Into Your Hands

Into Your Hands seeks to develop, educate, and inspire youth and families in rural Uganda.  In turn, they become self-directed, resourceful, and productive members of their rural communities.

Premier Basketball Club

Premier Basketball Club aims to provide an exceptional personal development experience through the game of basketball for youth ages 3-19 by teaching the values of hard work, accountability, passion, positivity, leadership and team play.  They are devoted to providing comprehensive programs that help all of our athletes, from the beginning player to our elite national level players, become the best players and people they can be.

 

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