Keith Van Horn
Keith Van Horn was the first player in the Western Athletic Conference, the three Player of the Year (1995-1997) was. He was also only the second player in the history of the WAC, who was elected in all four college years to the WAC All- First Team. In addition, Van Horn set the record for the highest career score for both the WAC and for the Utah Utes from the University of Utah with 2542 points. In February 2008, he was named as one of 16 players for the "All Century" basketball team of the University of Utah.
In the NBA Draft 1997 Van Horn was engaged as second pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, but to him along with Michael Cage, Lucious Harris and Don MacLean in exchange for Jim Jackson, Eric Montross and the draft rights to Tim Thomas and Anthony Parker the New Jersey Nets were trading. For his achievements in the first year as a pro, he was appointed to the NBA All- Rookie First Team.
His second and best NBA season ended with an average of 21.8 points, Van Horn, and 8.5 rebounds per game. He was also a major reason for the success of the Nets, the Lakers failed until the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles 2002.
2002 Van Horn was traded along with Todd MacCulloch in exchange for Dikembe Mutombo to the Philadelphia 76ers. After a year in Philadelphia, he moved to the New York Knicks, but already in February 2004 on were trading him to the Milwaukee Bucks. In February 2005, Van Horn for the Dallas Mavericks, where for the second time in his career he missed the NBA championship in the NBA Finals in 2006.
After this season, Keith Van Horn took a year off in order to dedicate more time to his family. Although he expressed no comeback plans, he extended in February 2008, his contract with the Mavericks for a further three years to be part of the trade of Jason Kidd from New Jersey to Dallas. However, Van Horn never played for the Nets and they separated in October 2008 from him.
- Keith Van Horn was pictured on the cover of the video game NBA Jam '99.