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2018 “Wah Wah” Jones Award Winner

The Fifth Annual Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones Award will be presented to Cooper Robb from Scott County High School during the 2018 Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony on March 13th in the Bluegrass Ballroom of the Lexington Center in Lexington, KY starting at 6 PM.

Ten 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. “This decision is never easy. All of the nominees were very deserving and I’m very impressed with this group of young men that were nominated,” said Wallace “Wah” Jones, Jr.

Cooper Robb, a senior at Scott County High School, has played basketball, baseball and football during his high school career which includes six District Titles and six Regional Titles and he isn’t done yet. As a starting point guard all four years of high school Robb has been a great leader for his team and made the 2017 KHSAA Sweet 16 All-Tournament Team. He plays second base in baseball and made the 2017 KHSAA State All-Tournament Team and as a free safety in football he has the school record of eleven interceptions in a season and has been a part of three district championships and three regional championships.

“I have to say that one of Cooper’s greatest accomplishments is his ability to bring the “big 3″ coaches together to plan around each other on when they can utilize him. But in essence Cooper’s biggest accomplishment for me is that he represents all of the sports he plays for and our athletic department and school with class. He is a top notch person and student athlete,” said Scott County High School Athletic Director, Daniel Wells.

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 2018 Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony. Tickets are on sale now at www.mrandmisskybasketball.com or by calling 800-232-5308. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP tickets which include dinner are $65. For questions or to purchase a table (seats 10) call KLEF directly at 502-583-0564 or 800-232-5308.

The 7th 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 www.kylionseye.org.

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