Jonathan "Bud" Mackey, a former Scott County High School basketball star, received a suspended one-year sentence and was given two years' probation on Friday.
Mackey was sentenced Friday morning in Fayette Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of a handgun by a felon, stemming from his arrest in May.
Lexington police said they found him with a gun that was stolen from Franklin County. He faced a maximum sentence of a year in jail.
Mackey, who has served 240 days in jail, was given credit for time served. But if he violates probation, he will have to serve the remainder of the one-year sentence.
Before he was sentenced Friday, Mackey's attorney, public defender Andrew Bowker, said his client realized how serious the matter was. Bowker said Mackey has had a lot of time to think while he's been in jail.
Mackey was the Sweet Sixteen's most valuable player while on Scott County's 2007 state championship team.
He had planned to play basketball at Indiana University, but an arrest in September 2007 thwarted those plans.
Police said Mackey had 1.6 grams of rock cocaine in his shoe when he was arrested at Scott County High School.
He pleaded guilty in August 2008 to an amended charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced Monday to two months in jail and community service in that case.