Glenwood Springs High School basketball star closing in on 1,000 career points
January 21, 2016
Editor’s note: Horning scored his 1,000th point Friday evening in a game at Battle Mountain. See story in sports. https://www.postindependent.com/sports/20053788-113/horning-eclipses-1k-career-points-as-demons-top
Here’s Friday’s story in advance of his achievement:
It's very rare for a high school basketball player to score 1,000 points in a career.
First, he must be really good. Then he must overcome variables over which he lacks control — playing time, health and quality of the team around him.
So it's a big deal that Glenwood Springs High senior guard Cameron Horning sits just 22 points away from the prestigious mark as the Demons prepare for their match-up Friday with the Battle Mountain Huskies in Edwards.
Before the 2015-16 season, Coloradopreps.com named Horning one of the top 10 players to watch in 4A basketball across the state. While leading the Demons to a 3-4 (1-0 4A Western Slope League) start, Horning is averaging nearly a double-double in the four-guard lineup, pouring in 24.1 points per game while hauling in 7.3 rebounds per game and dishing out a team-high 4.7 assists per game.
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Horning had strong sophomore and junior seasons, scoring 306 and 413 points, respectively, in those years, after putting in just 90 points for the varsity team as a freshman.
"I haven't really thought about it that much, to be honest with you," Horning said this week. "Coach [Cory Hitchcock] pointed it out to me a few weeks ago and I guess I was a little surprised, but I guess it goes along with me playing varsity for four years. A lot of kids don't get that opportunity, so they don't score as many points."
Through seven games this year, Horning has scored 168 points for the Demons, who average right around 59 points per game as a team, according to team stats on Max Preps. Due to the scoring pace he is on, Horning projects to finish with a robust 580 points as a senior, pushing him well over the 1,000-point mark.
Horning is set to become the first Glenwood player to top 1,000 points since Hitchcock and his staff began keeping official stats.
"Cameron is a great player with a lot of skill and potential," Hitchcock said. "But I think a lot of this success is because of the time and work he's put into improving as a basketball player. The biggest improvement has been his patience as a basketball player. This year he's tried to carry the scoring load for us, but when he lets the game come to him, the game looks easy. When he's in the flow of the offense he's getting buckets in transition, he's playing great defense, which leads to great opportunities offensively. A lot of the credit goes to him for being patient."
At 6 feet, 2 inches, Horning is a smooth ball handler with a strong outside shot who also can get to the rim.
As a senior leader, he's the do-everything player for the Demons, whether it's hitting a big shot, grabbing an important rebound or making the extra pass to find an open teammate. While he is closing in on a prestigious mark, it's not something the team — or Horning — wants to talk about.
"I'm going to just treat it as another game on the schedule," Horning said. "I don't get caught up on personal stats, since the most important thing to do is win. I don't talk about my individual accomplishments."
Having played with Horning for the last four years in soccer and basketball, senior guard Mason Yellico knows that Horning is close, and he's very proud of his friend, but he knows that it's not the ultimate goal for the team, or for Horning.
"I think that Cameron is one of the best players to ever come through Glenwood," Yellico said. "Once he gets his 1,000 points it's going to be well-deserved. He's in the gym constantly, but we haven't even talked about the 1,000 points at practice. We're treating this as just another game, just like Cameron is. We have big goals this season, and Cameron does as well. He's not focused on his individual milestones no matter how big they are.
"Playing with Cameron has been really great, and I'm definitely going to miss it once basketball season is over, but he's definitely opened up a lot of things for me in sports, and he's a great friend."
His parents are Jeff and Susan Horning, and his sophomore brother Clayton also is on the team. Horning said this week he hopes to play college ball, but didn't offer specifics about his plans.
He still has roughly 17 more games this season to add to his point total, and based on the way he's come out of the gate on fire, he could reach levels not seen in Glenwood basketball for quite some time. It's because of the hard work and time put into the game of basketball dating back to his time shooting on the hoop in his driveway since sixth grade.
Now it's all paying off for one of the most prolific scorers in Glenwood history.