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Basketball: Utah's Keith Van Horn elected to Pac-12 Hall of Honor

Published January 31, 2013 2:55 pm

Utah basketball • Utes star was school's all-time leading scorer.
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Walnut Creek, Calif. • Former Utah men's basketball star Keith Van Horn has been elected to the Pac-12 Hall of Honor, the league announced Thursday.

Van Horn is the second Ute inductee, joining last year's selection, Arnie Ferrin.

Van Horn is one of the most decorated players in Utah history, leaving as the school's all-time leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. He scored 2,542 points and collected 1,074 rebounds from 1994-97 while leading Utah to 98 wins and three NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the Sweet 16 (1996) and the Elite Eight (1997).

Van Horn was a two-time All-American and runner-up for the Wooden, Naismith and RCA National Player of the Year awards in 1997. He was also the first three-time Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year (1995-97).

In 1997, Van Horn led the Utes to a 29–4 finish and No. 2 national ranking. His No. 44 jersey was retired by Utah in 1998. Ten years later, he was among 16 players named to Utah's All-Century team.

Van Horn was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the second pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. He enjoyed a nine-year NBA career with the New Jersey Nets, 76ers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks. He finished with career averages of 16 points and 6.8 rebounds. He played in two NBA Finals, with New Jersey in 2002 and Dallas in 2006.

Van Horn will be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor on March 16 during a ceremony prior to the conference championship game in Las Vegas.