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The Dallas Mavericks announced Wednesday they have signed Williamsburg native Keith Hornsby.
The 24-year-old guard went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, after suffering a severe abdominal injury following a 1,000-point collegiate career at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and Louisiana State University.
“I just hope I’m able to compete hard and more importantly have fun,” Hornsby said. “In the end that’s what it’s all about.”
According to the team’s website, the specific terms of the deal will not be disclosed, per team policy. In two years at LSU, Hornsby played in 53 games — starting in 52 of them — and finished with averages of 13.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 33.6 minutes.
During his senior year, Hornsby averaged 13.1 points, second on the team to 2016 NBA Draft first overall pick Ben Simmons, before suffering a season-ending injury.
For Hornsby, getting signed after such hardship “feels incredible.”
“Especially coming out of a spring and half summer of uncertainty,” he said. “I’m not even at full health yet, so that goes to show you how damaged I was coming out of the season.”
He credits his coaches for “believing in my abilities and trusting me to perform well on a high stage” and credits his parents for supporting him throughout his entire career. The athlete’s father is Bruce Hornsby, a Grammy-winning musician and investor in Local Voice, WYDaily’s parent company.
“How he has had the energy to manage my training and his own rigorous piano grind for years is superiorly impressive,” he said. “He has been my strongest supporter and biggest believer.”
Hornsby says his current goal is to make the team’s opening night roster, but even if he doesn’t, he’s excited to be playing against top tier competition.
“No matter what, I want to be healthy and back on the court competing,” he said