Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kentucky Mr. Basketball 2000s

The 2000s definitely lacks the professional success of the 1980s and 1970s but their are still very good high school and college players here:


2000: Scott Hundley (Scott County)

Hundley was thrice named the state AAU MVP, named First Team All-State, averaged 22.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.8 steals as a senior and was name 2000 Kentucky Mr. Basketball. Took his talents to Vanderbilt where he averaged 4.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game for his career. After graduating Hundley was a billboard salesman, but realized after a few months that his heart lay with basketball. He became an assistant at his Alma mater Scott County, and now he's the head coach at Woodford County.

2001: Josh Carrier (Bowling Green)

Josh Carrier was named 2001's Kentucky Mr. Basketball following a senior year that saw him average 23.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in leading his Bowling Green team to a 23-6 record. Carrier was also a First Team All-State selection before choosing to continue his career at the University of Kentucky. At UK Carrier was three times named Academic All-Sec. Carrier averaged 1.16 points per game in 94 contests, Carrier also helped UK capture two SEC regular season title and two SEC tournament championships. After expiring his eligibility Carrier was pursuing a coaching career at UK while completing his Masters degree.

2002: Brandon Stockton (Kentucky)

Brandon Stockton was rated as a 4-star Point Guard coming out of Glasgow High School by, and his senior performance with the Scotties led to him being named Kentucky Mr. Basketball. Stockton went to UK with large expectations, however Stockton never quite got in the groove for UK and only averaged 1.4 points and 0.5 assists per game for his career. Currently Stockton is an assistant basketball coach at his Alma mater.

2003: Ross Neltner (Fort Thomas Highlands)

Neltner was twice named First Team All-State and averaged 20.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game as a senior for Fort Thomas Highlands. Neltner originally signed with LSU but after two years and only one start Neltner decided to transfer. Neltner wound up at Vanderbilt where he'd start all but 65- of his 68 games and average 8.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game there. Neltner played in Europe and South America overseas and is currently working for Cumberland Consulting Group.

2004: Chris Lofton (Mason County)

Lofton is probably the most well known of the 2000s Kentucky Mr. Basketballs. Not only was he one of the best two sport athletes in Kentucky High School History. But he also enjoyed quite a bit of notoriety at Tennessee during his career. Lofton was named SEC Player of the Year as a Junior, he holds the SEC and Tennessee three point field goals record and was named the best three point shooter in college basketball history by ESPN. Lofton is still playing basketball overseas with Spanish team CB Estudiantes.

2005: Domonic Tilford (Jeffersontown)

When Tilford was named Mr. Basketball in 2005 it marked the first time a Louisville area player was named Mr. Basketball since Jason Osborne in 1993. Tilford was named Mr. Basketball, First Team All-State and 7th Region Player of the Year. He then signed with Cincinnati, however after averaging 2.5 points per game Tilford decided to transfer to South Alabama. There he averaged 16.3 points, 3.0 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game as a senior, leading the jaguars to a 20-13 record.

2006: Walt Allen (South Laurel)

Led South Laurel to its first and only state championship as a junior, school's leading scorer with over 1,900 points. Signed with Presbyterian College after winning Kentucky Mr. Basketball in 2006. Walt Allen play four seasons at Presbyterian College averaging 5.92 points and 3.51 rebounds per game for his career. Allen  was also named to the All-Academic team three times in his career and is looking to get into coaching.

2007: Steffphon Pettigrew (Elizabethtown)

Pettigrew led his Elizabethtown High school team to a 17-11 record his senior year while averaging 33.6 points and 13.8 rebounds per game en route to becoming 2007's Kentucky Mr. Basketball Pettigrew chose to attend Western Kentucky. Over his four year career at Western, Pettigrew added his name to the elite, scoring 1,544 points good enough for 13th all time. Pettigrew currently plays professionally in Uruguay and averaged 19.2 points and 7.6 rebounds last season.

2008: Darius Miller (Mason County)

First Kentucky Mr. Basketball to also win a National Championship since Tony Kimbro in 1986. Also the only Kentucky High school player to ever win a state championship, Kentucky Mr. Basketball and National Championship. Miller went on to star at the University of Kentucky averaging 8.2 points, 1.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game for his career. What the stats don't show though is the senior leadership Miller brought to this year National Champions, nor does it show all the clutch shots he hit. Miller was drafted 46th overall by the New Orleans Hornets in the 2012 NBA Draft, joining former Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis.

2009: Jon Hood (Madisonville-North Hopkins)

Hood was ranked the 10th best Small Forward as a senior at Madisonville-North Hopkins. Hood signed with the University of Kentucky and has yet to see significant minutes so far for the Wildcats. As a freshman Hodo averaged 4.4 minutes and 1.4 points per game, he averaged 4.8 minutes and .8 points per game. In august 2011 Hood tore his ACL and missed his entire junior season. Hood will play his senior year at UK and likely be rewarded a medical redshirt for his missed junior year.


The group includes an SEC player of the Year, one of WKU's elite alums, a high school player who collected 3,000 points and 2,000 rebounds and an NBA draft pick.


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