Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kentucky Mr. Basketball 1990s

The 1990s mark a great decline in professional success by Kentucky born basketball players. Dwayne Morton was the only player drafted into the NBA. More below:


1990: Dwayne Morton (Central)

Dwayne Morton starred at Central High School before going on to the University of Louisville. Morton was ruled ineligible his freshman year, but he still score 1,426 points in his career for a 15.0 points per game average. Morton also averaged 4.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. After completing his senior year at Louisville Morton  was drafted 45th overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. Morton played one season with the Warriors averaging 4.1 points per game. He was released after the season and has since played in Israel, Bulgaria, France, Dominican Republic and England.

1991: Jermaine Brown (Fairdale)

Jermaine Brown was part of one of the few teams to ever win back-to-back KHSAA state titles. He led Fairdale to titles in 1990 and 1991, he was also named Kentucky Mr. Basketball in 1991. He would then go on to attend the University of Tennessee for two years averaging 3.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. He transferred and played his final year at Georgetown (KY) College. After college Brown played overseas in England and Australia. 

1992: Tick Rogers (Hart County)

The Hart County standout signed with the University of Louisville in 1992 after winning the Kentucky Mr. Basketball race. Rogers would go on to become Louisville's third all-time steals leader while averaging 6.7 points and 3.39 rebounds per game for his career. Rogers also played overseas in Israel, Croatia and Finland. Rogers is now coaching at Jeffersontown High School in Louisville.

1993: Jason Osborne (Male)

Osborne marks the 3rd Kentucky Mr. Basketball to sign with UofL in the 90s. However, few would figure UofL wouldn't sign another until Elisha Justice in 2010. Osborne was also named a McDonald's All-American. At UofL Osborne averaged 10.6 points and 5.81 rebounds per game. He has gone on to play overseas in Argentina, Mexico and Puerto Rico. He currently is playing in Argentina with Huracan Trelew.

1994: Elton Scott (Marion County)*

Scott finished his career at Marion County as the third time leading scorer and was named Kentucky Mr. Basketball in 1994. Scott originally signed with Louisville but had trouble academically and played his first two years at Sullivan College winning two junior college national title in a row. Scott then wound up at West Virgina and played sparingly his junior year averaging only 1.0 point and 1.48 rebounds per game. However, as a senior Scott averaged 15.3 points and 6.34 rebounds per game in leading West Virginia to a 10-19 record. Scott would continue playing in the U.S. after leaving West Virgina mainly playing in smaller leagues like the KBDL and the PBL.

1995: Charles Thomas (Harlan)

Charles Thomas averaged 23.4 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Harlan before being named 1995's Kentucky Mr. Basketball. Thomas would sign with Minnesota and play two years for the Golden Gophers. As a sophomore at Minnesota Thomas helped lead the Gophers to a 31-4 record and to the second round of the NCAA tournament. However, after his sophomore year Thomas transferred to Eastern Kentucky to be closer to home. However, Thomas struggled with injuries at EKU and was forced to later retire from basketball due to back problems. 

1996: Daymeon Fishback (Greenwood)

Fishback is the second Kentucky Mr. Basketball in a row to be the first and only chosen from their school. Fishback scored 2,214 points in his career at Greenwood and would sign with Auburn. At Auburn Fischback averaged 7.0 points, 1.0 assist and 3.2 rebounds per game. Since graduating at Auburn Fishback has worked with Merrill Lynch and as an announcer for the Auburn ISP Sports Network.

1997: Brandon Davenport (Owensboro)

 (Brandon Davenport lower left sitting with 18 other former Mr. Basketballs)

Davenport starred at Owensboro and in turn won the 1997 Kentucky Mr. Basketball award before heading to Morehead State. Davenport would play only one season there though, averaging 6.5 points and 2.5 assist per game before transferring to Lindsey Wilson. At Lindsey Wilson Davenport set records in career free throw percentage, career steals and career assists. 

1998: J. R. VanHoose (Paintsville)

VanHoose is a legend in Kentucky one of only a few players to score 3,000 points and grab 2,000 rebounds. VanHoose led Paintsville to the 1996 state title and a runner-up spot in 1998. VanHoose then went on to Marshall where he 16.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game for his career, he was also inducted into Marshall's Hall of Fame. After college VanHoose play professionally in the ABA and NBDL. Currently VanHoose is coaching the Phelp's High School girls basketball team in Kentucky.

1999: Rick Jones (Scott County)

Rick Jones with 1999 Miss Basketball Jody Sizemore
Rick Jones averaged 17.5 points and 5.0 assist per game as a Senior at Scott County. After receiving the 1999 Kentucky Mr. Basketball award Jones signed with Vanderbilt. As a freshman Jones averaged 5.7 points, .9 assists and .9 rebounds per game. However, after his freshman year Jones left Vanderbilt and ended up at Murray State. He averaged 10.6 points and 1.0 rebound as a junior and 7.3 points, .8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game as a senior.


As seen above the level of play by the Kentucky Mr. Basketballs of the 1990s is much lower than that of the 1980s and 1970s. The 2000s continue that theme as we'll see.

*Additional information on Elton Scott provided to me by CKYCardFan of Cardinal Authority


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