The Kentucky Mr. Basketball honor recognizes the top high school senior basketball player in the state of Kentucky. The first Kentucky Mr. Basketball was "King" Kelly Coleman of Wayland High School in 1956. The winner of the Mr. Basketball award wears #1 on his jersey in the summer all-star series against the Indiana High School All-Stars. 1940 was the first year for the Kentucky/Indiana High School All-Star Series, that year, the Indiana All-Stars defeated the Kentucky All-Stars 31–29. The Kentucky Mr. Basketball award is the third oldest such award in the nation; only Indiana Mr. Basketball and California Mr. Basketball, which were first awarded in 1939 and 1950, respectively, predate it. (via Wikipedia)
The award is presented annually by the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation.
What we have presented below is the unbiased facts about each candidate sent to us by their HS coaches. After polling coaches across the state we feel these candidates have a chance to win the award, along with players we feel have an outside chance that are listed as honorable mention.
Note: The information below was sent to us directly from the player's family or high school coaches. Information, including career stats, is up to date on the day that it was sent but not necessarily the day this article was released.
Robert Dalton - Lawrence County
Will Hager - Mercer County
Tyrik Edwards - Christian County
Matt Wilson - Campbell County
Jordan Perry - Morgan County
Matt Miller - John Hardin
Wade Coomer - Glasgow
Blake Smith - Clay County
DaiVon Thompson - Louisville Central
Caleb Taylor - South Laurel
Andy Flood - Covington Catholic
Trey Blevins - Wayne County
Koebe Garrard - Paris