High School Basketball

Eastern Kentucky freshman might end career as state’s all-time shot-blocker

Madison Central junior Isaiah Cozart is on the verge of breaking the state record for career blocked shots, but it might not be his for too long.

Trey James, a 6-foot-10 freshman at Sheldon Clark — the only high school in Martin County — set the single-season record with 258, surpassing the 216 that Cozart put up as a sophomore last season (Cozart has 198 this season with at least one more game left).


Cozart has 528 career blocks after recording 13 against Bryan Station in the first round of the 11th Region Tournament. He’ll have a whole other season to add to his total, but James — who’s up to 376 career blocks — has three more to look forward to.

James would need to only block 165 shots during his sophomore season to match the current career record of 541, which was set by another eastern Kentucky star, J.R. VanHoose, in 1998. His 376 would be good for ninth in KHSAA history.

He is the brother of Dylan James, a standout on the Mercer County boys’ team that reached the state tournament and at times was ranked No. 1 during the 2015-16 season.

Trey James averaged 11.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 blocks per game and had seven triple-doubles for the Cardinals this season. Sheldon Clark lost to Johnson Central in the first round of the 57th District Tournament.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps