After an unsuccessful attempt to make it onto an NBA squad this summer, former St. John's guard Paris Horne is headed to Greece to play for A.G.O. Rethymno Aegean in the Greece-A1 League.
Greece-A1 has been a very successful basketball league in Europe over the years with teams such as Olympiacos and Panathinaikos being two of the more dominant teams in Euro League play.
Horne spent last year in Germany playing for BG Goettingen in the German BBL. In 34 starts, he averaged 10 points per game.
He received a summer league invite by the Charlotte Bobcats where former Red Storm assistant, Mike Dunlap, had accepted the vacant head coaching position in June. The high-flying guard was then invited to the team's training camp, but was waived in October - opening his move to Greece in early December.
In his first game with his new club, Horne scored 16 points in 29 minutes. He added 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal off the bench in his teams 91-85 overtime loss.
AGOR is currently sitting in 5th place at 8-5 on the season.
Through 6 games, Horne is averaging 7.3 points per game on 41% shooting, along with 2.4 rebounds and a steal per game.
Horne, a native of Delaware, was a four year starter at St. John's averaging 9.3 points per game in 133 appearances under Norm Roberts and Steve Lavin. His best season came in his sophomore year when he averaged nearly 15 points per game.
Horne was known more as a perimeter defender while with the Red Storm, as he was often the go-to-guy to shut down the opposing team's best scorer.
Horne hit 123 three-pointers during his career, ranking him third on the program's all time list.
"Clearly, Paris is our team's best defender," Lavin said of Horne on the team's site. "Offensively, his quickness, slashing ability and open-court play will be vital to our success. He is the ultimate team-player."
Horne will play alongside four fellow Americans with A.G.O. Rethymno Aegean - Brent Petway, Cliff Colimon, Marc Antonio Carter and J'Covan Brown.
There have been notable Americans to play in Greece over the years. Josh Childress, Marcus Banks, Acie Law, Marc Jackson, Renaldo Balkman, and Nick Calathes headline a long list of talented players that went there to continue their professional careers.
Keep checking Rumble in the Garden for updates on Horne and other former St. John's players throughout the year.