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The KHSAA is Stuck in the Dark Ages

For more than a decade the state of Kentucky has failed to consistently produce high quality college basketball prospects.  Now, the KHSAA is keeping one of their best college prospects on the sideline.

De’Von Cooper is a 6’4″ 3-star shooting guard who averaged 17.2 points and 4 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Waggener High School in 2014-15.  Considered a top 300 player nationally, Cooper transferred to Findlay Prep.  Now he wants to return to Waggener for his senior season but the KHSAA has denied his eligibility.

When people wonder why prep basketball has suffered in the state of Kentucky over the last 20 years, prep schools are the first to blame.  Rajon Rondo and D’Angelo Russell are just two NBA players who left KHSAA basketball early for prep school.  Now, the KHSAA is turning away potentially a Rondo or a Russell because he wants to play in his home state.

The KHSAA denied Cooper’s request to play because he must sit out a year after transferring.  Somehow, returning from a prep school more than a thousand miles away is not an exemption in their rule book.  The Courier-Journal reports Cooper has one more appeal left.

I understand giving consequences for a kid who left for prep school, then returned to play for a traditional power like Ballard or Scott County.  Cooper is returning to the school he used to attend, Waggener; not exactly a traditional power.  He simply wants to play for his school.  Instead, they are not going to let him play basketball at all.  It’s unfair to the kid, it’s unfair to the school and it’s weakening what used to be the KHSAA’s premiere product — basketball.

For those who don’t care about this topic at all, you should know that this could affect UK.  Calipari needs a ton of guards in next year’s recruiting class.  Cal could also use a few three or four-year players.  Cooper is the kind of kid who could get hot at the end of the year, lead Waggener to the Sweet 16 and earn a scholarship to Kentucky.  Many people thought Dunbar’s Taveion Hollingsworth would be that guy before he committed to WKU; Cooper is ranked two spots higher in the 247 Composite Rankings.

Unfortunately, Cooper may not get another chance to play high school basketball because the KHSAA can’t keep up with the times.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 Comments for The KHSAA is Stuck in the Dark Ages

  1. Barbermike82
    7:50 pm December 6, 2016 Permalink

    The khsaa is an even bigger joke than the ncaa. What about the young kid at north hardin? 4 high schools in 4 years. One of which was Huntington prep. What about Taylor County and all the transfers they got? Stotts coming back to Adair Co? Theres plenty more im sure but they havent been sat for a year. Khsaa needs to be investigated.

  2. Not Dan Issel
    8:09 pm December 6, 2016 Permalink

    What about when Elizabethtown boys won the state tournament? Two members of the starting lineup didn’t even live in Hardin County!!

    • mrknowitall1983
      11:50 am December 7, 2016 Permalink

      HAHA. That’s a bunch of BS. I knew every player on that team and they ALL most certainly lived within E-town city schools district.

  3. BlueDew
    9:12 pm December 6, 2016 Permalink

    Typical KHSAA. Always heard it depends on how many people you know like Franklin, Hamilton, and Grant. Furthermore, this is the second year the KHSAA football finals have been held hostage by a venue that has obligations to their conference championship game. No fault of the university, but is the fault of the KHSAA and Board of Control for approving such a venue with the possibility of pure caous tying to rescheduling the finals. Schools, parents, fans, and media ends up scrambling to change motel reservations, work schedules, and traveling schedules. People getting home in the wee hours on Monday morning because they play three games on Sunday. Ridiculous. UK now has turf and many people think it no problem to get a sponsor to foot the bill at Commonwealth Stadium. Ask the players where they would love to play. AT THE FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITY AND SEC STADIUM. There would be no scrambling to reschedule the games. Pathetic. Supprised the media, superintendents, and others haven’t taken the KHSAA to task. DARK AGES FOR SURE.

  4. bige
    12:21 pm December 7, 2016 Permalink

    KHSAA shouldn’t be able to dictate what is ultimately a parent’s responsibility.