The long awaited 2019-2020 season is now over. District champions have been crowned and now 128 teams await first round regional matchups this week, starting Tuesday, March 4th. Many awards were given to deserving winners but two big awards remain and to many the only two that matter. Rather your team cuts down the nets in Rupp with a state title and the coveted Kentucky Mr. Basketball. Both titles are only a few weeks away with the winner will being announced at the 2020 Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony on April 5 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa.
We take a little look at the candidates, the regional players of the year, their numbers, and where they will play college ball next year. Whomever wins the award is deserving as every candidate has had a great season and career at their respected school. Here we go!
The Finalists (Region)
1st Region-Murray State Signee & McCracken County 6’6″ G Jackson Sivills led team to 26-5 record. Is our #4 ranked 2020 prospect.
#’s-21.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
2nd Region- Tennessee Tech Commit & Madisonville-North Hopkins 6’7″ W/F Kenny White, led team to 27-3 record. White is our #6 ranked 2020 prospect.
#’s-18.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game
3rd Region – Breckinridge County Kaeveon Mitchell, the fast break “show” with fantastic finishes who helped led team to 19-9 record. We missed on Mitchell who didn’t make our 2020 rankings.
#’s- 23.9 points and 6 rebounds.
4th Region- Warren Central 6’4″ SG Dre Boyd led team to 23-6 record. Boyd was our #19 ranked 2020 prospect.
#’s-averaged 18.2 points and 7 rebounds.
5th Region (vote ended in tie)– 6’5″ Uncommitted, John Hardin Combo Guard Alex Matthews, led team to 29-3 record. Has Multiple Recruiting Offers & Schools Showing Interest. Played across the state and performed at a high level. The school, basketball program, and coaching staff really promoted Matthews throughout the year letting people across the state his numbers and multiple accolades. Many predicted Matthews to win the award but with the 5th region player of the year ended in a tie seems as though odds are against him. Matthews was our #11 ranked 2020 prospect. While the rankings were preseason, Matthews is a top 5 2020 prospect. Kid is a multi-level scorer, solid ball handler, and an underrated passer.
#’s-23.2 points and 10.5 rebounds. JJ Traynor- 6’8″ UofL Signee & Bardstown Power Forward JJ Traynor led team to 22-8 record. Traynor had set to have a huge senior campaign as he committed to Chris Mack & Louisville before the season started. Traynor was no doubt one of preseason top pick other than North Oldham Guard & Auburn Commit,Justin Powell (Season ended, injury) to win Mr. Basketball. Although while averaging a double double in a very competitive 5th region, Traynor never had a breakout or a monster game that everyone was waiting to see. Many were looking for Traynor to have a few 20 and 20 outings but it never happened. Coach Boo Brewer scheduled the season so most of Kentucky could see the #2 overall ranked prospect in 2020’s class, according to @PPKYPREZ. Traynor was our #2 ranked 2020 prospect.
#’s-19.6 points and 11 rebounds.
6th Region-6’1″ Butler Combo Guard
Trey Minter, whom led team to a 19-9 record.
#’s-15.2 points and 2.2 rebounds; 19-9 record.
7th Region- 5’11” Male PG Tyren Moore, led team to 28-4 record. Tough nosed guard in the competitive region in the city of Louisville. Moore was our #22 ranked 2020 prospect.
#’s-18.2 points and 4.3 rebounds.
8th Region-6’1″ WKU Signee & Collins High School Point Guard Dayvion McKnight, led team to 23-7 record. Top 5 Prospect. McKnight, a top 5 prospect is a fan favorite to take home this year’s award. After performing well in the historic King Of The Bluegrass the guard set pace and showed his playmaking ability against the tough regular season schedule. With one trip to Rupp as a freshman, McKnight holds almost every school record, and the program did a solid job campaigning across various media platforms for the WKU Signee. McKnight is our #3 2020 prospect.
#’s-20.2 points and 7.7 rebounds.
9th Region–Covington Catholic 6’0″ Point Guard, Grant Disken led team to 25-5 record. Disken leads a Covington Catholic squad that sat at the top of the rankings all year and a serious threat to win the Sweet 16 again this year. We missed on Disken as he did not make our preseason rankings. Unfortunately we did not travel to northern Kentucky to see Disken and his team.
#’s-16.5 points and 2.6 rebounds.
10th Region-Unsigned 6’1″ Bourbon County Point Guard Amirion Joyce, Led team to 24-6 record. The high level athlete had many highlight reel dunks as he has incredible bounce & ability to finish above the rim. Solid on ball defender and will blossom as his frame fills out in his collegiate career. Joyce is our #14 2020 prospect.
#’s-20.3 points and 4.1 rebounds.
11th Region- Northern Kentucky Signee Henry Clay 6’3″ Shooting Guard, Marques Warrick, led Henry Clay to 24-6 record. A top 5 prospect in the 2020 class who is many peoples favorite to win the coveted award due to the 5th region tie, his numbers, and signing to in to play his collegiate ball in Kentucky for Darrin Horn at NKU. The guard is a winner, walking bucket, and leader. A three level scorer, that protects the ball, has a nice frame, with length, strength, crazy bounce, and a furious defender. Warrick has had a great career at Henry Clay picking up numerous accolades and awards. The guard has played against Lexington’s stiff competition matching up with top guards night in, night out during his high school career. His excellent play on the Adidas Gauntlet Circuit (AAU) peaked college coach’s interest, state media attention, helping the senior’s Mr. Basketball campaign. It wouldn’t shock me if he is named the winner. Warrick is our #7 2020 prospect.
#’s-22.3 points and 4.6 rebounds. 24-6 record.
12th Region- Campbellsville Signee & Garrad County 6’3″ Sma F Brayden Sebastian led Garrard County to 10-19 record while missing 11 games. Sebastian is our #17 2020 prospect.
#’s-26.6 points and 8.6 rebounds.
13th Region– Unsigned Sourh Laurel Guard, Matt Cromer led team to an outstanding 26-4 record. Cromer is our #13 2020 prospect. Cromer has had a great career at South Laurel and with his talent he will play collegiate ball somewhere.
#’s-25.3 points and 8.4 rebounds.
14th Region–EKU (Golf) Signee, Estill County PG Joe Benton led team to 21-10 record. We missed Benton in our 2020 preseason rankings due to coverage in his area.
#’s-18.4 points and 9.1 rebounds; 21-10 record.
15th Region– 6’5″ Rollins College Signee & Shelby Valley Forward Cody Potter led team to 24-7 record. Potter is our #10 2020 prospect. Potter has had a decorated career.
#’s-24.9 points and 9.8 rebounds.
16th Region-Lewis County’s Sam O’Keefe led team to 15-15 record. O’Keefe did not make our 2020 preseason rankings. O’Keefe had an amazing year and beat out some talented 16th region players.
#’s-23 points and 10.3 rebounds.
You’ve seen a small candidates and a small resume for each candidate it’s going to tough to predict the winner in a class that has many talented players. We look forward to attending the Sweet 16 and Mr. Basketball awards banquet and get a few words with the 2020 Mr. Kentucky Basketball winner.