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Kentucky High School Basketball is Back…

(Things are just a little different in the state of Kentucky…)

The state of Kentucky has long been known for its basketball tradition of excellence and passion. Between the University of Kentucky’s gold standard basketball program, and the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen–which is one of the most highly anticipated high school state championships in the country… basketball is the king pin in the Bluegrass. Between Louisville and Kentucky’s recent success in college basketball, along with the growth of programs such as Murray State, Morehead State and Bellarmine, the college side of the prominence and excellence has been holding up its end of the bargain. The high school side of things though has been a little down in recent years in the state of Kentucky. Kentucky has been producing a player or two each year (ex: Scotty Hopson, Darius Miller, Jon Hood, Dominique Hawkins) who fall into the category of a “high profile Division I prospect,” but the overall talent pool has been a bit down in recent years. The next two to three classes in the state of Kentucky though are loaded with more talent than we’ve seen lately, and many of these players are drawing serious Division I consideration.

With the increase in talent across the state, and the success of guys like Jarrod Polson and the anticipated success of Dominique Hawkins at Kentucky, will we see a few of these names pop up in the future as Kentucky Wildcats?

Rising Seniors

Quinton Snider

 6’0 PG

Louisville Ballard

According to Rivals, Snider has offers from UCONN, Marquette, Memphis, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCLA, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.


Jackson Davis

6’8 C/F

Lexington Lafayette

According to Rivals, Davis has an offer from Texas Tech and interest from Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Purdue and UCLA.


Kelan Martin

6’6 PF  

Louisville Ballard

According to Rivals, Martin has offers from Saint Louis, Texas Tech and Xavier as well as interest from Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Minnesota and Missouri.


Shane Hall  

6’8 F/C

Painstville Johnson Central

According to Rivals, Hall has drawn interest from Alabama, Indiana, Louisville, Purdue and UAB.



Raekwon Long

 7’0   C  (Sophomore)

Scott Co.

According to Rivals, Long still does not yet have any offers, but his size might begin to draw interest in the near future.


Cameron Justice

 6’2  SG  (Junior)

Knott Co. Central

According to Rivals, Justice has offers from Tennessee, UAB and Western Kentucky, as well as interest from Butler, Clemson and Wake Forest.


James “Beetle” Bolden

  6’0 PG  (Junior)

Covington Holmes

According to Rivals, Bolden has offers from Ohio, Purdue and Xavier, as well as interest from Cincinnati and Eastern Kentucky.


Quentin Goodin

6’2 G  (Sophomore)

 Taylor Co.

According to Rivals, Goodin has drawn interest from Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue and Tennessee. At this point, Goodin has not received offers from those schools.


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

20 Comments for Kentucky High School Basketball is Back…

  1. Michael F. Jox
    3:09 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t Indiana’s all-star team beat Ky’s last year by 54 bigguns!? And it’s pretty much been that way for a while now, right? But yeah, I believe you and this article lol. Bolden if he grows will be the only guy you listed that has a chance of becoming an actual scholarship player for UK.

  2. Matthew P
    3:20 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    The Sweet 16 may be the biggest state tournament but high school football is 100x more important to people in the state compared to basketball.

  3. floorgeneral22
    3:24 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t forget Justin Johnson. That guy turned a lot of heads at Peach Jam against serious competition.

  4. floorgeneral22
    3:25 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    Also Ray Spalding is highly rated in his class, even though I think he could be a bust.

  5. cracka
    3:36 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    i’m with 1, seems like we’ve been getting smoked the last few years … do our best players really play in that game or what’s the deal there? i remember after this last blowout there were a ton of excuses … willis and hawkins had just worked out with uk and were almost too tired to play and a couple of guys were hurt and they didn’t even have enough guys all week to practice 5 on 5, yada yada yada

  6. cracka
    3:38 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    this year james blackmon jr will be a sr for the indiana team, right? haha, oh well …

    3:40 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    Quentin has an offer from Tennessee, I’m pretty sure. I know he has one from Oklahoma State.

  8. danny
    3:44 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    I think that you left a name out of your article when naming recent players in the state of kentucky. How about Derek Willis, the first player committed in the 2013 class. Derek seems to be a forgotten player in many of the articles written by KSR staff.

  9. Cmon Man!
    3:44 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    Talking about college hoops and mentioning teams like Murray, Bellarmine, and Morehead and not including WKU? Yeah, I understand that we all hate Western now because of last year but I cannot believe we would include UofL (someone we hate probably more) and leave at Western.

    Let’s take some pride in our in state hoops. WKU has got the 16th most wins and 7th highest winning percentage in NCAA history, and ranks as the 30th best program in NCAA history according to CBS, Street & Smith says they are 31st best. They lead the all time series against UofL 39-37.

    Maybe you just had a slip up and forgot to include them, but I really hope our hate for WKU didn’t factor into you leaving them out. I meant shit, they they are the second most winningest program in the state of Kentucky.

  10. Blue Blood
    3:50 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    It would be in our best interest to take some Kentucky Blue Blood every year. These are the guys that can be the building blocks that understand the Kentucky Pride.

  11. No way
    3:58 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    #10 I disagree. I too like seeing a KY kid on the roster IF he contributes. He only needs to be signed if he has talent, not just if he is from KY. Need I mention non contributing KY kids we have had over the years? I could, but don’t want to embarrass them. Besides a “KY Blue Blood” means little vs. real D-1 competition. Nothing against Polson, Hood, Willis, Hawkins ….but really are they even gonna see the floor this year?

  12. No way
    3:59 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    #2 I don’t think that is true and sure cant prove it. Bball still rules.

  13. Joe B
    4:28 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    Nothing like offering an opinion–basketball is the kingpin–and then giving examples that actually prove yourself wrong. Are any of the HS players you named being recruited by all of the top BB programs (UK, UL, Duke,etc.)? No. Year after year KY HS football produces at least a few players that every big time FB program wants–Timmons, Hatcher and Quick in 2013; Barker and Elam (and maybe a couple more) in 2014–just to provide a few names. If basketball is indeed the kingpin, why do KSR writers seem to feel it’s necessary to remind us every week or so?

  14. @8
    4:51 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    Troll. Let me educate you because your reading comprehension is clearly lacking. The author did not forget about Willis. The point of the article (which you clearly missed) was to list local talent with D-1 potential for the upcoming season(s). Willis is an incoming college freshman. He will never play high school ball again.

    P.S. you forgot Hawkins in your invalid point. This was probably intentional. Ignorance normally leads to racism.

  15. j maxey
    6:09 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    Quentin def has an offer from UT,IU,OSU and several more. Don’t be surprised if UK and uofL offer soon as well. He’s a high major player. The best KY has produced in recent memory

  16. J Whirl
    6:49 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    You left NKU off the list of colleges in Kentucky growing in the sport. Hey, I know we’re only one year into D1 but Northern making the leap is just the first step. Technically, we’re emerging…from D2.

  17. PhilUK18
    6:49 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink


    Hawkins is a solid back up point this season, and Polson generally did well last year against players who don’t have an NBA future. I like Hawkins to be a Miller type figure, a Kentucky kid who stays all 4 years and ends up making his mark on the program’s history.

  18. Truth
    10:19 pm August 13, 2013 Permalink

    #12 – No.2 is correct. Quit wearin’ a dress and put on a helmet. That is all.

  19. WBA
    12:08 am August 14, 2013 Permalink

    #17 People like you amaze me! To think that Polson will sit behind Hawkins are crazy! Polson has played productive minutes since he’s been at UK. The kid has played well against SEC teams and has earned his ride. Sure Hawkins played well aginst the twins in a single HS game but to think he will play over Polson is crazy.
    We should give Polson the respect he has earned. Other then Miller and Estill he has played a bigger role then any Kentucky boy at UK in recent memory! Polson might not be star but I do feel confident in him as a back up PG, even more importantly Cal has shown great confidence in him.
    Polson isn’t a star by no means but he is capable. He doesn’t have the speed or talent of Wall, but he knows what he can do and doesn’t try to do things he can’t. In to days game that is a is a needed skill by itself!

  20. coalcat1
    6:18 am August 15, 2013 Permalink

    I think Braxton Beverly from Perry Central should be listed.