Caverna, Senior, 6-2
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* On the floor: From the tiny school located in Horse Cave, Faulkner was the state’s leading scorer at 35.9 points per game. He also averaged 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.1 steals per game as the Colonels finished 16-11 and won the 18th District title. Faulkner was named the Co-Fifth Region Player of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches and finished his career with a school-record 3,148 points. He was a third-team All-State pick as a junior.
* Off the floor: Faulkner is very involved at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Glasgow, where he’s a member of the youth group and youth choir. “I call him Tim Tebow,” Caverna coach Matt Taylor said. “On the way to games he’s reading his Bible and his devotional book. That’s him.” Faulkner’s twin sister, Madison, averaged 23.8 points per game this season at Caverna and has narrowed her college choices to Pikeville, Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson.
* Future: Faulkner signed with Northern Kentucky after also considering Southeast Missouri State, Northern Illinois, South Alabama and Eastern Kentucky.
* Quotable: “People see us as a small school and think, ‘Oh, he’s shooting every shot and that’s why he’s averaging what he’s averaging,’” Taylor said. “That’s totally not true. If Mason was a more selfish kid, he’s probably average 50 or 60 a game. … He’s probably the most underrated player in the state because not a lot of people got to see him play.”