Hungary in shock at Zoltán Horváth’s death

Hungarian basketball has lost one of its brightest talents after the news broke of the tragic death of Zoltán Horváth in a car crash on his way to the first post-Christmas practice with his team Falco KC Szombathely.

(Talk Zoltan’s death and Hungarian Basketball in our forum)

The 30-year-old lost control of his car as he was driving from Sopron to Szombathely in Hungary when he crashed into a truck, apparently dying instantly.

Horvath’s Career
Horvath never quite reached the heights that had been expected of him in the EuroLeague or the top domestic leagues in Europe, the biggest move of his career taking him to Greece to play for giants PAOK.

But he soon returned to Hungary to play for Falco, where he soon developed into their best player – just this season he was averaging 21.3 points and 10.4 rebounds and had put in some dominant displays.

The tragedy leaves Falco in a state of limbo since they had been busily making roster moves in the run-up to the Hungarian league’s Christmas break, allowing Donovan Morris to leave along with fellow American import Marcel Jones.

Neither player really settled in Hungary and, according to sources, Jones seems likely to sign up in another European country sooner rather than later – his place on the Falco roster could go to Winsome Frazier, who would be returning to the club after a couple of years in Germany.

But all of the changes go to the bottom of their priorities in the wake of the tragic news about Horvath, who had played well for his nation at the 2009 Eurobasket, especially in the relegation round finale against Estonia.

The centre scored a tournament high 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds as well as Hungary secured Division A status – sadly those memories will be the last Hungary fans will have of the popular Horvath.

By Andy Charles – A sports writer who blogs about NBA Predictions. Leave your condolences at the KC Falco Facebook Page.


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