Mountain basketball has many characters that have achieved legendary status, transcending the game of basketball to become mythic figures. Names like Kelly Coleman and Richie Farmer are untouchable. One of those names that should enter the conversation is Camron Justice.
Justice led Knott County Central to the Sweet 16 four years in a row, finishing his high school career with 3,588 points (third all-time) and a Mr. Basketball crown. However, today he’ll return to Rupp as an enemy of the state.
Justice had to leave home, signing with Vanderbilt after he was bypassed in the recruiting process by John Calipari. He told The Tennessean there’s no hard feelings, and shared his excitement for what is to come today.
“They never really recruited me, so it wasn’t really like that. It’s not going to mean anything like that to me,” Justice said. “But it’s just going to be a good feeling to get back home and play in front of people I’m familiar with. … It’s a great atmosphere. It’s going to be fun to go in there as the enemy.”
Justice has played a small role for Vanderbilt in his first year, averaging just over 10 minutes per game while shooting 40% from behind the arc. His best game as a Commodore came earlier this week against Tennessee, netting four 3-pointers for a career-high 12 points.
It’s great to see one of Eastern Kentucky’s best play well at the collegiate level, but today I don’t want to see him do what he did the last time he was in Rupp — score 39 points.