THE WINNER: Camron Justice
School: Knott County Central (Hindman, Ky.)
Weight: 180 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Patriots to a 30-2 record and a berth in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament, scheduled to begin March 19. The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches’ two-time 14th Region Player of the Year, Justice averaged 23.8 points, 4.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 steals through 32 games. Also a two-time returning First Team All-State selection as named The Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader, Justice shot 53.9 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from 3-point range and 84.7 percent from the free-throw line entering the state tournament. His 3,549 career points currently rank fourth in state history.
Academic excellence: Justice has maintained a 3.72 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has also volunteered locally as a youth basketball instructor and on behalf of Kenny’s Kids, a non-profit organization dedicating to helping special needs children.
“With him being top five in scoring in Kentucky history, I think he has solidified himself as one of the very best in Kentucky in its long basketball history,” said Robert Hammonds, head coach of rival Letcher County Central High. “Camron has done nothing but excelled as a student-athlete.”
THE FUTURE: Justice has signed with Vanderbilt.