Gatorade player of the year. State champion. Sweet Sixteen MVP. Madison Central's all-time top scorer (2,453 points). Mr. Basketball. University of Kentucky signee.
Hawkins couldn't have scripted a better senior year.
He was at his best in big games playing against the best competition. He shone brightest in the state tournament, averaging 27 points and nine rebounds in leading Madison Central to its first Sweet Sixteen title.Omar Prewitt
Prewitt left quite a legacy at Montgomery County as the program's all-time leader in points (2,636), rebounds (1,071), three-pointers (347) and blocked shots (234). The son of former UK star Lea Wise-Prewitt capped his career by leading the Indians to the Sweet Sixteen for the second time in school history. He has signed with William & Mary.
After bursting onto the state-wide scene as a sophomore in the 2011 Sweet Sixteen, Willis kept getting better and wound up signing with Kentucky. A 6-foot-9 player with perimeter skills, he finished his Bullitt East career with 1,532 points, a school-record 902 rebounds and school-record 358 blocked shots. He was a big reason the Chargers won back-to-back 6th Region titles his sophomore and junior years.
He made his college choice (Louisville) more than 20 months ago, but Snider hasn't taken it easy since then. He's gotten bigger and stronger and improved his game. He led Ballard to the state's No. 1 ranking and a victory over defending state champion Trinity in the 7th Region finals. In the Sweet Sixteen, Snider totaled 67 points, 18 assists and 15 rebounds in helping the Bruins to a runner-up finish.
The sophomore point guard nicknamed "Beetle" wasn't known outside Covington in early December, but by early March he was leading Holmes to the Sweet Sixteen quarterfinals and wowing fans in Rupp Arena. In a classic matchup with Madison Central and Dominique Hawkins, Bolden had 29 points and 13 rebounds. The quick-as-a-blink left-hander has scholarship offers from Purdue, Xavier and Ohio University. UK is in the recruiting picture, too.Shane Hall
A high ankle sprain sidelined Hall for a few weeks and slowed him most of the winter, but he was at his best at season's end. He helped Johnson Central to its second consecutive Sweet Sixteen. In a loss to No. 1 Ballard in Rupp Arena, Hall hit 10 of 11 shots and had 28 points and eight rebounds. The 6-8 junior, who has a scholarship offer from Tennessee, has 1,235 career points, and has already set school records for rebounds (821 and blocked shots (330).
Lexington Catholic Coach Brandon Salsman called Whitman the best post player in the state, and the 6-9 senior's 28 career double-doubles, 1,265 points and 662 rebounds backed up that claim. Whitman played through nagging injuries (ankle, finger) to lead the Knights to the regular-season district title in the strongest district in the state. He has signed with William & Mary.
Overshadowed in the past by teammate Derek Willis, Troutman earned lots of notice this season and wound up as a Mr. Basketball finalist along with Willis. Troutman, who signed with Bellarmine, had 1,613 career points and made a school-record 225 threes. In four years he was part of 108 victories, including two 6th Region titles.
It wouldn't be a stretch to say Justice was the most explosive scorer in the state this season. Just reference his 62-point performance against Cincinnati Roger Bacon in Lexington Catholic's Christmas tournament. The sophomore, who has scholarship offers from Tennessee, UAB, Morehead State and WKU, is just four points shy of 2,000 in his career. He has scored 1,634 at Knott Central, and had 362 at East Ridge. He already has made 202 threes and 464 free throws in his career.
Hopkinsville Coach Tim Haworth considered Majors a Mr. Basketball candidate, and his numbers agree. He averaged almost 22 points this season, and had 31 in a state semifinal loss to Madison Central. Majors is the third leading scorer in school history with 1,731 points and led the Tigers to back-to-back 2nd Region titles. Majors is interested in walking on at UK. He also is being recruited by Austin Peay, Morehead State and Wright State.
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(Listed in order based on coaches' voting)
Player, school (first - place votes) Ht. Class Ppg Rpg
Dominique Hawkins, Madison Central (68) 6-1 Sr. 20.4 5.3
Omar Prewitt, Montgomery County (4) 6-6 Sr. 22.9 8.6
Derek Willis, Bullitt East (4) 6-9 Sr. 17.4 9.7
Quentin Snider, Ballard (3) 6-1 Jr. 19.3 3.3
James Bolden, Holmes (1) 5-11 So. 18.5 4.6
Shane Hall, Johnson Central 6-8 Jr. 15.9 9.8
Jack Whitman, Lexington Catholic 6-9 Sr. 18.4 8.9
Rusty Troutman, Bullitt East (2) 6-5 Sr. 17.7 7.1
Camron Justice, Knott Central (1) 6-2 So. 25.5 4.8
Jordan Majors, Hopkinsville 6-2 Sr. 21.9 5.7
Coach of the Year: Allen Feldhaus Jr., Madison Central
Kelan Martin, Ballard 6-6 Jr. 19.0 10.2
Darryl Hicks, Louisville Trinity 6-4 Sr. 15.9 5.3
Taylor Gover, Pulaski County 6-2 Sr. 21.9 4.6
Ken-Jah Bosley, Madison Central 6-0 Sr. 19.0 4.4
Brandon Price, John Hardin 5-9 Sr. 17.7 2.6
Jordan Green, Henry Clay 6-4 Jr. 16.2 6.2
Brandon Hatton, Dixie Heights 6-2 Jr. 23.4 4.5
Jackson Davis, Lafayette 6-8 Jr. 20.1 11.5
Lavone Holland, Ballard 6-0 Sr. 13.8 2.8
Tyler Robertson, Russell County 6-2 Sr. 21.4 4.8Honorable mention
Brent Bach (Augusta), Braxton Beverly (Perry Central), Tyler Brewer (Harlan County), Darion Burns (Fleming County), Antonio Campbell (Cov. Holy Cross), Christen Cunningham (Henry Clay), Kelton Ford (LaRue County), Daveon Greene (John Hardin), Devonte Grundy (Bardstown), Trey Grundy (Henry Clay), LaMontray Harris (PRP), Stuart Jackson (Central), Justin Johnson (Perry Central), David Kapinga (Southwestern), Ray Kasongo (Pikeville), Dez Marshall (Collins), Jaqualis Matlock (Hopkinsville), Demetrius McReynolds (Butler), Larry Morton (Bryan Station), Ethan Rowe (Pikeville), Quin Richardson (Scott County), Nick Ruthsatz (Covington Catholic), Kyle Skaggs (Russell), Mike Smith (Paul Dunbar), Troy Steward (Fleming County), Quan Taylor (Madison Central),