From Thumb to the NBA, Bucks general manager Jon Horst stays rooted

Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst has helped lead the team to the NBA's best record, but he hasn't strayed far from his roots in Sandusky, Mich.(Photo: Jevone Moore, Associated Press)

With the NBA’s best young star, a Coach of the Year candidate that he hired and the league’s best record heading into Tuesday’s game in Detroit, Horst is making the most of it.

Last month, while attending Milwaukee’s win at Little Caesars Arena with a group of about 25 of Horst’s friends and family members, Kathy remembered that it was in third grade when Jon told her he wanted to play in the NBA.

Jon Horst (middle, in warm-up jersey) helped Rochester College win United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 national titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05.

With the team’s decision makers, Horst specialized in his detail-oriented approach with projects, working with Pistons executives like Tony Ronzone, George David, Jeff Weltman and Scott Perry, now the general manager of the New York Knicks.

“I love spending long hours on research and analysis and putting something from start to finish, really kind of coming out with a recommendation based on the data,” Horst said.

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