Daniel Hulshizer, Associated Press
Keith Van Horn laughs while being interviewed following a New Jersey Nets news conference at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., Wednesday, July 2, 1997. Van Horn, who was picked second overall in the NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, was traded to the Nets as part of an eight-player deal.

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Utah standout Keith Van Horn was drafted No. 2 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers but was traded on draft night to the New Jersey Nets.

Van Horn hadnt wanted to be a 76er, but ended up playing for them during the 2002-03 season.

New Jersey coach John Calipari envisioned the ex-Ute as a cornerstone of the franchise, according to Utah coach Rick Majerus.

He was named to the all-rookie first team and helped the Nets reach the 2002 NBA Finals.