Thursday, October 23, 2014

Family ties lure Horstick to Tabor

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 5/9/2014

Tabor College had a big advantage in the recruiting game for Jordan Horstick. His older sister, Katelyn, was a student-athlete there.

She plays for the volleyball and women’s basketball teams. But there was more to it.

Tabor College had a big advantage in the recruiting game for Jordan Horstick. His older sister, Katelyn, was a student-athlete there.

She plays for the volleyball and women’s basketball teams. But there was more to it.

Tabor is a small Christian school located in Hillsboro. The Bluejays have a successful men’s basketball program with a coach that understands the Christian ideals.

Horstick was sold on all of that.

“First of all my sister goes there,” Horstick said after signing with the Bluejays. “That was a big one. We are really close. It will be nice to be with her there.

“I went out there and met all the coaches. I love the coaches there. It is a small Christian school. It is a good family atmosphere. It felt like a good fit for me.”

Central Heights basketball coach Rusty Cannady said Horstick did not go into the recruiting process with blinders on.

“He knows what he is doing,” Cannady said. “It is tough for any kid to make that choice. You can tell he loves his family. He is really close to his sister.

“This is the absolute right choice. Mom and dad can see both. Coach [Micah] Ratzliff is a dynamite young man.

Ratzliff made Horstick a priority in recruiting, especially after seeing how close the siblings were.

“That was the initial connection,” Ratzliff said. “She loves Tabor. To see those two hang out together ... I did not realize how close they were. That was neat to see that.

“He is a good character kid. Good in the classroom. He will fit in with what we want to do. He wanted to go to a Christian school and find a Christian program. I can provide that for him.

“He can be a big guard that can shoot it. A lot of programs tend to fight over kids like Jordan. Tabor will be great place for him.”

What Tabor is getting is a team-first player who will do anything for the success of the team.

“He is trustworthy as can be,” Cannady said. “Jordan is the biggest team player that Central Heights would ever have. Skill-wise is good as any we have had. He always makes his teammates better. He is never satisfied.

“Every time we lost, he felt bad for his teammates. He always looks out for other people first. A great young man.”

Horstick did everything for the Vikings basketball team.

“He is as versatile as it can get,” Cannady said. For four years, he has ran every position for us. If we need him to post up on the block, he did. If we needed to break the press, he is tall enough and can handle the ball. He keeps his head up. He is an unbelievable passer.”

Horstick is looking forward to the challenges of college basketball.

“It might take a year or two to get into it,” he said. “Obviously I want to play varsity.

“It definitely will be hard to play just one sport. I have played baseball longer than any of them. It will be hard not playing baseball next year.

“I love basketball.”

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