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#42 Al Horford
  • Junior 2L
  • Forward/Center 6-9/235
  • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic/Grand Ledge (Mich.)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

A solid presence up front that will return as one of the premier frontcourt players in the nation… A tremendous shot-blocking and rebounding presence, he finished in the top six in the SEC in both categories as a sophomore… Showed tremendous improvement offensively his sophomore season and averaged a double-double during NCAA Tournament play… Earned Final Four All-Tournament honors and Second Team All-SEC honors (Coaches) during his sophomore campaign… A savvy player who was at his best in big game situations during his high school career and first two years at UF… The son of former NBA player Tito Horford…

AS A SOPHOMORE 2005-06: A Second Team All-SEC selection by the league coaches and Honorable mention pick from the Associated Press his sophomore season, he led the Gators in rebounding at 7.6 boards per game, while averaging a career-best 11.3 points per game… Horford stepped it up at the most critical times, averaging a double-double during NCAA Tournament play with 11.8 points and 10.0 rebounds, including 14 points in the national title game and 15 rebounds in the Gators' Elite Eight victory over No. 1 seed Villanova… Third on the Gators in field goal percentage in 2005-06 at 60.8 percent… Came up with a team-high 10 double-doubles and has 12 for his career… Led UF in rebounding a team-high 18 times and scored in double figures 26 times… Started all 39 games for UF in 2005-06 and has started 64 straight games, the longest streak on the team… Led the Gators in free throws made (6), free throw attempts (7), total rebounds (10), and blocks (3) in the season-opener against St. Peter's… Tied a career high with six free throws made against the Peacocks… Recorded a double-double against St. Peter's… Set a new-career high in assists with seven against Albany… Named to the College Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team for his performances against Wake Forest and Syracuse… Shot 9-for-11 from the field in the championships rounds of the tournament, dishing out four assists and compiling nine rebounds… Led the team with nine rebounds against the Orangemen… Recorded his second double-double of the season against Alabama State (12 points and 11 rebounds)… Grabbed 11 rebounds against Alabama State… Scored 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting against UCF… Matched a career-high with four steals against the Golden Knights… Converted on 5-of-6 shots from the field against Providence… Was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line against the Friars and scored 14 points… Scored 17 points against Bethune Cookman… Was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field against the Wildcats… Scored a career-high 20 points to lead the team against Jacksonville… Grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season… Limited to 20 minutes against Miami because of foul trouble, but still contributed with six points and seven rebounds… Scored six points in 16 minutes against FAMU… Recorded four blocks against Morgan State… Led the team with seven rebounds against the Bears… Scored 15 points and added 11 rebounds to earn a double-double against the Bulldogs… Hit 6-of-7 shots from the floor against Auburn… Led the team with seven rebounds against the Tigers… Fell one point short of a double-double against Savannah State… Led the team with 10 rebounds and a season-high six blocked shots against the Tigers… Blocked a team-high four shots against Tennessee… Played 32 minutes and contributed with 11 points against the Vols… Had a season-high 16 rebound and 16 points against Vanderbilt… Attempted a career-high 12 shots against the Commodores… Grabbed a team-high five rebounds against Mississippi… Also led the team, hitting 7-of-9 attempts for 14 points against the Rebels… Led the team with 11 rebounds against Kentucky… Went 3-for-3 from the field to notch a double-double with 11 points against the Wildcats… Led the team with seven rebounds against South Carolina… Scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds against LSU in one of the most physical games of the year, as the Gator frontcourt out-dueled LSU's tandem of Glenn Davis and Tyrus Thomas… Recorded four blocked shots for the third time this season against the Tigers… Did an excellent job knocking down 4-of-7 shots against Vanderbilt… Grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots against the Commodores… Played a season-high 34 minutes against Arkansas… Recorded four blocked shots and grabbed 11 rebounds against the Razorbacks… Scored 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting against Tennessee… Scored 12 points in 26 minutes against Alabama… Played 22 minutes against Georgia despite suffering a hip-pointer injury early in the first half… . Finished the game with seven points and had a key block to help seal the win at the end of the game… Scored 13 points against Kentucky… Also contributed with nine rebounds and four assists against the Wildcats… Led the team with eight rebounds against Arkansas at the SEC Tournament… Made 4-of-5 shots against LSU for 10 points… Played 27 minutes in the SEC Tournament championship game against South Carolina… Added six points and three rebounds… Notched a double-double against South Alabama at the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville… Led the team with 13 rebounds and scored 14 points against the Jaguars… Made 6-of-8 shots for 13 points against UW-Milwaukee during the second round of the NCAA Tournament… Had 12 points and six rebounds against Georgetown in NCAA Tournament regional semifinals… Finished with double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds against Villanova in helping Gators advance to Final Four… Led the team with 13 rebounds in the national semifinal game against George Mason… Scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the national championship game against UCLA… Named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team… .

AS A FRESHMAN 2004-05: Performed at a higher level than anyone could have anticipated as a freshman… Impressed coaches in preseason workouts and ultimately worked his way into the starting lineup on Dec. 19 and stayed there the final 25 games of the season… Quickly developed into one of the top shot-blockers in the SEC, totaling 51 on the year, the highest total by a Gator since Andrew DeClerq had the same number in 1993-94… The total was the fourth highest in school history at the time… Second on the Gators with 6.5 rebounds per game, the highest total by a Gator freshmen since Donnell Harvey in 1999-2000… Provided strong post-presence in totaling eight points, two rebounds, and one block in his collegiate debut vs. Jacksonville… Played 17 minutes against FAU while recording four points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots… Tallied five points, four rebounds, a block, and a steal in 15 minutes of action against Providence… Recorded six points, six rebounds, and two blocks in 18 minutes against FAMU… Posted one block and three boards in five minutes of action against Miami … Scored seven points, grabbed four rebounds, and notched two assists in a season-high 19 minutes of action against Stetson … Hauled down a career-high seven rebounds (four offensive) to go along with five points and an assist in 18 minutes of play against Louisville … Made first career start and scored 10 points on a perfect five-for-five shooting effort from the floor and made two steals against Georgia Southern… In his second career start, Horford recorded his first career double-double by netting 14 points and pulling down 12 rebounds to go with his two blocked shots and two steals in 26 minutes of action versus Eastern Kentucky… .Scored five points, grabbed five boards and blocked a shot in 23 minutes of action against Sam Houston State… Stole a career-best four passes, grabbed four rebounds, scored four points and blocked three shots in 28 minutes of play versus Florida State… Made all four shot attempts on his way to recording 12 points, three rebounds, three blocks, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes of action against Arkansas… Collected a team-high 10 boards and three blocks to go along with eight points and two steals in a career-high 36 minutes of action against Auburn… In 25 minutes of action against Vanderbilt, Horford grabbed 11 rebounds and netted nine points… Hauled down 13 rebounds in addition to three points, two assists, two blocks, and a steal against Tennessee… Recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes against Georgia… Scored eight points, going 4-4 from the charity stripe, and pulled down nine rebounds off the bench against South Carolina… Netted six points and grabbed three rebounds, while recording a block, steal and assist against Miss. State… 14 points an d a career-high 18 rebounds in 26 dominating minutes against Alabama… In 22 minutes of action against Kentucky, grabbed five rebounds, scored one point, dished out one assist and had one steal… Tallied a career-best three assists with five rebounds, two points, a block and a steal in 25 minutes against Tennessee… Swatted away a career-high and Gator freshman-record seven shots in addition to collecting nine rebounds and four points in 22 minutes against Ole Miss… Hauled down six rebounds in addition to four points, one assist and one block in 28 minutes versus LSU… Tallied nine rebounds, three points, three blocks and one assist in 27 minutes against Vanderbilt… Pulled down eight rebounds and scored six points, including a perfect four-for-four from the free thrown line in 30 minutes versus South Carolina… In 12 minutes of action against Georgia, Horford pulled down five rebounds, shot a perfect two-for-two from the foul line and recorded a block, steal and an assist… Swatted four shots while collecting four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes of play against Kentucky… In his first career SEC Tournament game against Mississippi State, Horford recorded a team-high two blocked shots, while adding six points and four rebounds in 26 minutes of play… Tied for a team-high eight rebounds, while making a team-best two blocks, Horford added two points and two assists in the SEC tournament semifinal win over Alabama… In the SEC Championship game against Kentucky, Horford pulled down nine rebounds, scored seven points, dished out two assists and made one blocked shot… Contributed four rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal against Ohio in the 1st Round of the NCAA Tournament… Grabbed five rebounds in addition to one assist, one block and one steal against Villanova in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament…

PREP: Was the Class A Player of the Year for the state of Michigan as a senior, averaging 21.1 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.9 blocks and 2.6 assists… Finished fifth in the voting for Michigan's Mr. Basketball… Posted 18 double-doubles in 23 games, helping Grand Ledge get as high as No. 7 in the state… Had 112 blocks his senior season and never fouled out… Rose to the occasion in the biggest games for Grand Ledge, scoring 29 against Flint Beecher with highly touted Michigan State recruit Marquise Gray, while pouring in 34 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks against rival Everett (the same school that produced Magic Johnson)… Grand Ledge's all-time leading scorer with 1,239 points, one of seven career records he owns at the school… Averaged 18.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocked shots and 2.7 assists while earning Class A All-State honors as a junior…

What They Are Saying…

"He's got a really, really good feel and understanding (of the game). The thing that I've tried to get across to the rest of the freshmen is that Al is like a sponge. He absorbs everything you say. It's maybe helped him where he lacks in certain experiences that he has not had a chance to be part of." - Florida coach Billy Donovan

Al Horford's Career Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
2004-05 32-25 730 61-127 .480 0-0 .000 57-98 .582 209 6.58 28 31 51 26 79-0 179 5.6
2005-06 39-39 1011 177-291 .608 0-2 .000 88-144 .611 295 7.6 77 74 68 40 97-2 442 11.3
Totals 71-64 1741 238-418 .569 0-2 .000 145-242 .599 504 7.0 105 105 119 66 176-2 621 8.7
Al Horford's Career SEC Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
2004-05 16-16 409 29-71 .408 0-0 .000 38-57 .667 124 7.8 15 19 30 11 42-0 96 6.0
2005-06 16-16 451 73-129 .566 0-2 .000 30-53 .556 123 7.7 33 33 29 20 42-0 176 11.0  
TOTALS 32-32 860 102-200 .510 0-2 .000 68-110 .618 246 7.7 48 52 59 31 84-0 272 8.5
Al Horford's Career NCAA Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT. REB AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
2004-05 2-2 48 0-3 .000 0-0 .000 0-1 .000 9 4.5 2 1 2 2 7-0 0 0.0
2005-06 6-6 162 29-51 .569 0-0 .000 13-19 .684 60 10.0 15 11 6 2 14-0 71 11.8
TOTALS 8-8 210 29-54 .537 0-0 .000 13-20 .650 69 8.6 17 13 8 4 21-0 71 8.9

Points
Season… … 20, vs. Jacksonville (12/18/05)
Career … … . 20, vs. Jacksonville (12/18/05)
Rebounds
Season 16, vs. Vanderbilt (1/28/06)
Career 18, vs. Alabama (2/5/05)
Field Goals
Season 9, vs. Jacksonville (12/18/05)
Career 9, vs. Jacksonville (12/18/05)
Field Goal Attempts
Season 12, 2x, last vs. Nova (3/26/06)
Career 12, vs. Vanderbilt (1/28/06)
3-Point FGs
Season
Career
3-Point FG Attempts
Season 1, 2x, last vs. Tenn. (2/22/06)
Career 1, 2x, last vs. Tenn. (2/22/06)
Free Throws
Season 6, 2x, last vs. FSU (11/25/05)
Career 6, 4x, last vs.FSU (11/25/05)
Free Throw Attempts
Season 10, vs. Florida State (11/25/05)
Career 10, vs. Florida State (11/25/05)
Assists
Season 7, vs. Albany (11/10/05)
Career 7, vs. Albany (11/10/05)
Steals
Season 4, vs. UCF (12/3/05)
Career 4, 2x, last vs. UCF (12/3/05)
Blocked Shots
Season 6, vs. Savannah St. (1/18/06)
Career 7, vs. Ole Miss (2/16/05)
Minutes Played
Season 34, vs. Arkansas (2/18/06)
Career 36, 2x, last vs. Tenn (1/19/05)

Misc. Stats 05-06 Career
Times led UF in scoring 4 4
Times led UF in Rebs. 18 29
Times led UF in Assists 4 4
Double figure scoring 26 31
Double figure reb. games 10 15
Double Doubles 10 12
Dunks 54 64
Charges Drawn 1 3
First off the Bench 0 2
Scored UF's First Pts. 10 0
Three Point Plays 5-9 5-17
Final Three Minutes from Line 19-25 23-33
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