Keith Hornsby 'thankful' for deal with Dallas Mavericks

Williamsburg's Keith Hornsby signed a free agent contract Wednesday with the Dallas Mavericks.

Hornsby, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard, finished his career at LSU with averages of 13.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Hornsby posted to social media, "Signed my first pro contract today with the Dallas Mavericks! So thankful for the opportunity and can't wait to get to work!"

Playing alongside top overall NBA Draft pick Ben Simmons, Hornsby averaged 13.1 points in a senior season at LSU that was cut short near the end of the regular season by an abdominal injury.

The former Oak Hill Academy and Hampton Roads Academy star suffered it in a Feb. 20 game at Tennessee and elected for season-ending surgery March 6.

Hornsby told ESPN Baton Rouge Wednesday the Mavericks showed the most interest in him dating back to May. He also talked with the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.

Hornsby reaggravated the injury, keeping him off a summer league roster, although he told the radio station he is currently feeling "great."

"I had enough on my resume that teams still had interest in me throughout the whole summer," Hornsby said, "so I'm thankful for that."

The contract means Hornsby will get a chance to make the Mavericks' roster during preseason training camp.

The Mavericks shooting guards are Wesley Matthews, Devin Harris, Virginia's Justin Anderson and Seth Curry.

LSU coach Johnny Jones told The Times-Picayune at the end of the season, "What he brought, what he meant to our basketball team, it's hard to really put into words. He was a true leader, the hardest worker that I've ever been around. And when you've got that type of leadership on your team, it means something.

"There's no substitute for a guy like that," Jones said. "It's hard to play through when you're talking about a guy that averaged 13 points and nearly 50 percent from the field, your leading three-point shooter, and a guy that just plays with so much energy out there on the floor and is just relentless."

Hornsby played in 53 games (52 starts) as a junior and senior at LSU after transferring from North Carolina Asheville.

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