Best of the Bluegrass

JR VanHoose – Paintsville – Mr. KY Basketball 1998


It was on this date in 1997, when Jonathan “JR” VanHoose had a game which included 15 blocks against Sheldon Clark High School, as a junior playing for Paintsville.  VanHoose is one of only a few players who have participated in four consecutive boys’ state tournaments.  Following the championship in 1996, his Paintsville team lost in the 1997 semifinals and the following year in the finals.  VanHoose was named Mr. Kentucky Basketball in 1998.
JR went on to have a great career at Marshall and is now a a teacher and an assistant coach at Johnson Central High School.  He has also become an accomplished writer, being published in several statewide publications.