COVID-19 may have cut his senior year at Fairview High School short, but Locke Hord is looking to the future which includes plans to play college basketball.
On July 16, Locke signed to play with Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. The Beavers compete in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III.
The 6'3" 18-year-old proudly wore the #1 jersey as a Yellow Jacket, playing guard on the basketball team for all four years of high school. However, his love of the game started at the young age of four.
“My father introduced me to basketball as a baby before I could even walk,” said Locke.
It quickly became his sport of choice. “I love the fast-paced energy on the floor and that there are more points than any other sport,” Locke explained.
Fairview High Coach Trey McCoy was his favorite coach. “He gave me the opportunity to coach some JV games during the season, and then after my knee injury, he at times asked my opinion during varsity games.”
Locke said his most memorable moment playing high school basketball was playing at Stratford High in a sub-state game. “The energy in that game was intense,” recalled Locke.
Looking to extend his time on the basketball court while also continuing his education, Locke worked hard to continually improve his skills on the court. As a result, he made an impressive contribution to the Yellow Jackets’ winning seasons.
The son of Jeff and Karen Hord, Locke also maintain a strong work ethic in the classroom as an AP Honors students with a 3.75 grade point average.
That strong work ethic on and off the court attracted the attention of several college basketball scouts. “I had seven different coaches scouting - by talking, inviting and offering me to play at their schools from all over the eastern portion of the United States,” shared Locke.
In the end, Locke said, “I chose Blackburn College because the coaches proved to be more interested than any of the other coaches.”
Along with playing basketball at the college level, Locke is also excited about earning a degree in sports management. “Both my coach and assistant coach are graduates of Blackburn with a sports management degree,” said Locke.
The immediate future is looking bright, but Locke said he is also thinking beyond college. He shared, “I am looking to play overseas after college, if the opportunity arises.”