I think this deserves its own thread: http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2014/04/michigan_jon_horford_transfer.html Sounds to me like he missed the boat not coming to UF as a true freshman. He's been sacrificing himself for a guard oriented system. Why it took so long to pull the transfer trigger is a mystery to me no matter how much he cared for his teammates and coaches: "(Transferring) is something that my family has been trying to persuade me to do for four years," Horford said. "So I guess naturally it's always been inevitable -- when people are telling you something all the time." Horford's father, Tito, played college basketball at LSU and Miami. As the first Dominican-born player to play in the NBA, he appeared in 63 career games in the league. Al Horford, Jon's brother, won back-to-back national titles at Florida before being the third overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. He currently plays with the Atlanta Hawks. "They just felt that it's a system that's difficult for big men to have success, especially when compared to the guards," Jon Horford said. "It's a great offense that's difficult to (defend) and it's a paradise for guards, it really is. If you're a guard and you can shoot and dribble and pass, that's the offense for you, but there is very little emphasis on getting bigs post touches." Horford spent the last two seasons behind Morgan and McGary in a rotation featuring a point guard, three wings and one true post player. "It's a system that, if given the minutes, any big could have success. I could have had success," Horford said. "I feel like in the games that I was given good minutes -- 16, 17 minutes and up -- I always had success in the system. It's just that those kind of opportunities were so limited." Horford averaged 6.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in the 16 games he played over 15 minutes last season. "I don't think my skill development was limited," Horford said. "What was limited was my opportunity to have experiences crucial to players to gain the confidence and the feel that they need to have success on the highest level. "The one thing I'm truly lacking, and I can admit it, is experience. From a skills development standpoint, the coaches have done an excellent job preparing me." Those skills, Horford says, weren't given an opportunity "to be displayed" and are "still waiting to be transferred from the training setting to the game setting." "You need a coach who is willing to play you through mistakes, who trusts you. ... Once you attain that level of comfort, that's when you see guys blossom," Horford said.