WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – One day before heading off to college at LSU, Keith Hornsby was getting in a workout with his father.
“He believe it or not is possibly my best trainer,” Hornsby said. “He knows what I have to work on and he knows a ton about basketball, most people don’t think that because he’s a musician.”
Keith’s father, Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby, is a self professed gym rat, and he knew early on that Keith had something special.
“He was always pretty gifted with this,” Bruce Hornsby said. “From the time he was three-years-old he showed an incredible natural muscle memory for shooting.”
Keith Hornsby went to Hampton Roads Academy, and then prep school at Oak Hill Academy. He began his college career at UNC-Asheville and during his sophomore season he averaged 15 points per game and was the second best free throw shooter in college basketball.
“I had a really good sophomore year and most of my really big games were against high major schools,” Keith said. “At the end of that year, a few of the high major schools gave me some quiet interest and I was interested back.”
“I’m so proud of him because he’s really been willing to put in the time,” Bruce said. “A lot of people talk the talk, and he’s really walked it, walked the walk.”
Playing in the Southeastern Conference, Hornsby will play basketball in some of the sports largest arenas, from Kentucky to Tennessee to Florida, Hornsby will be on college basketball’s biggest stage.
“When kids dream about college basketball, they dream about playing in those types of environments,” Keith said. “It’s one of the things I’m looking forward to most.”
Projected to be a starting guard at LSU, Hornsby is a lights out shooter, but his game is not one dimensional.
“A lot of people look at me and stereotype me as a shooter, but what they don’t realize is that one of the best aspects of my game is my first step and my ability to finish above the rim,” said Keith.
One of Hornsby’s goals is to make it to the NCAA tournament. He got a taste of it as a freshman at UNC-Asheville, and he hopes to help lead LSU back to the dance for the first time since 2009.
“I have to go back to the tournament, there’s no questioning that,” Keith said. “It’s why every team laces up their shoes each year and LSU is a school with high expectations.”
And while Bruce Hornsby is often on the road, he’s made sure to carve out time to watch his son play.
“I’m booked through the first week of November,” Bruce said. “Then there’s nothing on the books until April.”