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2017 “Wah Wah” Jones Award Winner

The Fourth Annual Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones Award will be presented to Noah Busroe from Harlan Independent High School during the 2017 Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony on March 14th in the Bluegrass Ballroom of the Lexington Center in Lexington, KY starting at 6 PM.

Nominees were submitted from across the state to the Jones family for this prestigious award for senior multi-sport athletes who excel equally in their classroom and contribute greatly to their community. “All of the nominees were very deserving and this decision gets more difficult to make each year,” said Wallace “Wah” Jones, Jr.

Noah Busroe, a senior at Harlan Independent High School, has played basketball, baseball, football and ran track during his high school career, while maintaining an impressive 4.0 GPA. Busroe’s remarkable career includes a 100% steal percentage last season as center fielder, a position that he has held on the varsity team all four years of high school. He has also led the team in minutes played every year as the varsity point guard and holds the all-time school 40 yard dash record with a time of 4.48 seconds. He states that his greatest athletic accomplishment was in track last year when he encouraged three freshmen to join him in competing as a 4×100 relay team and went on to say, “Watching my younger teammates grow in confidence and ability with each race and celebrating our victories together was something that I will never forget.”

Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones, Sr. was a two-sport All-American at the University of Kentucky, playing for legendary coaches Adolph Rupp and Bear Bryant, winning two national championships and an NIT. Jones is the only player at the University of Kentucky to have his jerseys retired in both sports. In addition to basketball and football, Jones was a pitcher with the Wildcats and a member of the UK track and field team. He won a gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics with Rupp’s “Fabulous Five” and the Phillip 66ers. After college Jones went on to play in the National Basketball Association with the Indianapolis Olympians. During his tremendous athletic career Jones was the image of sportsmanship and is respected throughout the world.

All sports fans are welcome to attend the 2017 Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.mrandmisskybasketball.com or by calling 800-232-5308.

The 6th annual Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Award Ceremony serves as a fundraiser for the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation, who has announced Mr. Kentucky Basketball since 1954 and Miss Kentucky Basketball since 1976. KLEF’s mission is to prevent and cure blindness. For more information contact KLEF at 502-583-0564 or go to http://www.kylionseye.org.

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