Pearl Combs

Vicco High School Hindman Settlement School 1933 – 1972 A mountain legend and a Kentucky treasure is the way to describe Coach Pearl Combs’ career.  His teams won 760 games, 6 regional titles, and the state championship in 1943.  When he was not coaching, he was teaching science classes at Hindman Settlement School.  Pearl’s teaching and…

Randy Napier

M.C. Napier High School 1980-1994 Perry County Central 1994-present The winningest girls’ coach in Kentucky high school basketball history with over 800 wins and counting, Coach Randy Napier is still adding to his resume.  During his thirty five years of coaching, his teams have won over 80% of their games.  His 1994 M.C. Napier team…

Donna Moir

Sacred Heart Academy 1991 – Present First as a successful player and now as a successful coach at Sacred Heart, Donna Moir’s love for her school has been a motivational force throughout her career.  As a coach, she has amassed over 550 wins and is hungry for more.  The Valkyries under her leadership won consecutive…

Bobby Turner

Male High School 1972-1976 Bobby Turner made first team all-state in 1974, 1975, and 1976.  A 6’4” guard/forward, he was part of Male’s dynamic duo along with Hall of Fame teammate Darrell Griffith.  Male won the state championship in 1975, and he was named to the all-tournament team.  A great inside/outside player, Bobby’s tenacious rebounding…

Darius Miller

Mason County High School 2003-2008 During Mason County’s 2008 state championship run, Darius Miller led the Royals averaging 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2.5 steals per game.  He received all-state recognition in 2007 and 2008 and was named Mr. Basketball in 2008.  He joined an elite group of Mason County players who scored…

Jeff Lamp

Ballard High School                                        1973-1977 Playing on what many consider one of Kentucky’s greatest high school basketball teams, the Ballard Bruins, Jeff Lamp led them to the state championship in 1977.  In the tournament, he would score…

George Wilson

Dunbar High School 1961-1964 George Wilson was at the “center” of Hall of Fame Coach S. T. Roach’s greatest Dunbar teams.  A ferocious competitor at 6’4”, he battled against Hall of Fame great Wes Unseld in the final game of the 1963 Sweet 16 and was runner-up to Unseld in the 1964 Mr. Basketball balloting. …

Dwight Smith

Princeton Dotson High School 1960-1963 Dwight was a catalyst for highly successful Princeton Dotson teams from 1960-1963.  A great rebounder and defender, he led Dotson to the state tournament in 1963 which was the last year of the school before consolidation.  He made the all-state tournament team in 1963 along with Hall of Famer Clem…

Jim Rose

Hazard High School                                            1964-1967 This “Bulldog” guard whose skillset was phenomenal helped lead Hazard to three consecutive Sweet 16 appearances in 1964, 1965, and 1966.  He was named all-state in 1965, 1966, and 1967…

Tom Thacker

William Grant High School                                1956-1959   At 6’2”, he could and did play every position on the floor.  Tom averaged 32 points per game both his junior and senior years leading his team to consecutive state tournament appearances.  He had…

Harry Todd

Earlington High School                                        1953-1958 A 6’8” center, Harry Todd led his team to the 1956 state tournament where he made the all-state tournament team as a sophomore.  As a senior, he averaged 30 points and 20…

Ralph Richardson

Russell County High School 1953-1958 Ralph averaged 34 points, 20 rebounds, and 8 blocked shots a game during his senior season in 1958.  He started his career as a tall, thin, awkward young player, but would become a high school all-American.  He was selected to the all-state teams in 1957 and 1958 as well as…

Joe Fulks

(Kuttawa High School, 1940) Fulks helped modernize the game’s style of play with his skill and finesse more than any player before him. His refinement of the one-handed shot into a jump shot gave him legendary status. He played at Kuttawa his senior year, when he led the Lions to the Sweet 16. He later…

Linville Puckett

(Clark County High School, 1952) Puckett was the last of seven brothers who played for Clark County. He led Clark County to the 1951 state championship. He was a three-time All-State honoree. Puckett was also named to the All-Tournament teams following the 1950, ’51 and ’52 state tournaments. He played on the 1954 University of…

Johnny Cox

(Hazard High School, 1955)

Cox led Hazard to the 1955 state championship, scoring 127 points in the tournament and earning All-Tournament honors. Cox was All-State and Mr. Basketball in 1955, earning a scholarship to Kentucky. He was a member of the “Fiddlin’ Five” national championship team.

Alfred “Butch” Beard

(Breckinridge County, 1965)

Beard led the Fighting Bearcats to consecutive title games in 1964 and ’65, helping the team win it all in ’65. He was twice named All-State and was named Mr. Basketball in 1965. He played at the University of Louisville alongside Wes Unseld. He was a highly successful NBA player and coach.