In what probably won’t make headlines across the country, Josh Terry of Henderson County High School was named 2nd Region Player of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches. I saw Henderson County this year, and was very impressed by Terry’s athleticism and overall game. He’s long and quick, and led his team to the Region Semifinal game. Under normal circumstances, most people would find nothing wrong with Terry winning this award. What makes it odd that Terry won, is that Scotty Hopson also plays in the 2nd Region. If you don’t know who Hopson is, TGC mentioned him briefly a few weeks ago. The future Wildcat/Vol/Bulldog/Cardinal is a McDonald’s All American (top 24 players in the country), is on the 2008 USA Basketball Select Junior National Select Team (who select 10 players from across the country), and actually led his University Heights team to the Region Championship (beating Josh Terry and Henderson County along the way).
Again, this is no knock to Josh Terry. He’s a good basketball player at the high school level. This just goes to show how much of a stigma Scotty Hopson has attached to him. He is by far the best player in his region, yet the coaches in the region chose not to vote him as such. Even if the coaches of the 2nd Region had something against Hopson, personally or whatever, one would hope they could put emotions aside and realize talent when they see it. It’s probably their lack of recognizing talent that has them watching the Kentucky State Tournament this week, and the best player in the state actually playing in it.
If I’d actually ever paid my dues to the KABC, I would be ashamed to be a member. Luckily, I haven’t.
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