This weekend's Kentucky-Indiana All-Star basketball games will be missing their two most featured attractions.
Mr. Basketball Camron Justice will not play in the games Friday in Lexington and Saturday in Indianapolis, Kentucky coach James Haire said Tuesday.
That announcement came one week after the Indiana All-Stars learned they would be without their Mr. Basketball, Caleb Swanigan, this weekend.
Justice, a 6-foot-3 guard from Knott County Central, has enrolled for summer classes at Vanderbilt, and will not play in either high school all-star game this weekend because he is now considered a college athlete by Vanderbilt's compliance office.
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"It's a shame that he is unable to play," Haire said. "We wish him well, we understand, and we wish the circumstances were different."
No player was named to replace Justice on the Kentucky squad.
Indiana's Swanigan will not take part in this weekend's games because he is attending training camp with the United States' U-19 national team.
"I hate losing a talent like Caleb," Indiana All-Star games director Charlie Hall told WTHR-TV in Indianapolis last week, "but this is positive for the state of Indiana that we have a talent with an opportunity like this."
Justice was the third-leading scorer (3,588 points) in Kentucky history and ranked third in three-pointers (393). He led the Patriots to four consecutive state tournaments.
"Camron as Mr. Basketball earned the right to wear the No. 1 jersey and to be a Kentucky All-Star and we're going to recognize and honor him as a valued member of the team," said Brian Miller, president and CEO of the Bluegrass Sports Commission, the event organizer.
A ring ceremony is planned in Justice's honor during Friday's Kentucky-Indiana game at Transylvania University. Miller was unsure whether Justice would be in attendance to accept the Mr. Basketball ring.
"We will recognize Camron as our Mr. Basketball and we will announce it during starting lineups," he said.
Kentucky is looking to end a losing streak to the Indiana All-Stars that dates to 2008.
Indiana will be without its Mr. Basketball for the second year in a row. Trey Lyles, who went on to star at Kentucky, sat out last year with an injury.