King of the Bluegrass Tournament
The 34th Annual Forcht Bank King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic is scheduled to tip-off today at 4:30 pm and run through December 23, 2014 at Fairdale High-School in Fairdale, KY. The King of the Bluegrass field will include the KOB defending champions No. 2 ranked Ballard Bruins, along with 4 out of state schools and 11 other top schools from the state of Kentucky. Analyzed Sports will be in the building to watch some of the nations best talent compete for the right to be called the 2014 King of the Bluegrass Champion. Here is a preview of the teams participating in the Holiday Classic along with some of the key players to keep an eye on.
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6’2 SG Jalen Perry, 6’6 Forward Cory Douglas
Tournament Outlook: Ballard defeated Trinity 65-54 last year to win the 2013 King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic. With the departures of Quentin Snider, and Kelan Martin to the college level, the No. 2 ranked defending champions will rely on its star senior shooting guard Jalen Perry and his 23.2 points per game to make it to the final game.
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: JaQualis Matlock, Hopkinsville 6-4 Sr. 17.2
Tournament Outlook: Analyzed Sports sleeper pick to win it all.
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6’3 SG De’von Cooper, 6’5 Forward Kevin Kirby
Tournament Outlook: The Wildcats are entering the tournament on a three game skid. Louisville Waggener has loss their last three games by a total of nine points. De’von Cooper is only a sophomore, but he’s one of the top players in the state of Kentucky. Cooper is an athletic two guard who can score the basketball. Cooper and Louisville Waggener will face a tough opening round opponent in the holiday classic when they take on the undefeated Taylor County a team out of Campbellsville, KY.
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6’3 Terrell Gray, 5’9 PG Dujuanta Weaver
Tournament Outlook: There will be a familiar face on the sidelines leading the Doss Dragons in the King of the Bluegrass Tournament. 1996 Doss Alum and former University of Louisville player Tony Williams is the coach for the 3-0 No. 5 ranked Dragons this season. Doss will get production from 4 of it’s returning scorers from last season, including the fundamental play of Seniors Terrell Gray and Dujuanta Weaver. Doss is a team that can sneak up and win this whole tournament.
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6’4 Junior Tre Richardson, 6’2 Senior Rontez Johnson
Tournament Outlook: The Holiday Classic takes place on the home court of the Fairdale Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have not had much success in the King of the Bluegrass, as their last title from in the event was back in 1993. 6’2 Guard Rontez Johnson is close to averaging a double/double with 18.6 points a game 9 rebounds. The Bulldogs will need big games from both Tre and Rontez to have a chance at ending the drought this year.
Christ Presbyterian Lions
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6’7 Forward Braxton Blackwell
Tournament Outlook: Top team from Nashville, TN
Taylor County Cardinals
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6’4 Guard Quetin Goodin 6’4 Forward Brandon Berry
Tournament Outlook: The Cardinals are ranked No. 17 in the state of Kentucky. The have never won the King of the Bluegrass, but this will be one of their best years to win the whole thing entering the tournament at 6-0 and beating teams by an average of 23.8 points of game.
Wayne County Cardinals
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6-3 Sr. Peyton Woods
Tournament Outlook: 6’3 Senior Peyton Woods will be the key to the Cardinals having any success in the King of the Bluegrass, as he’s averaging 24.9 points a game. His Scoring will be key to winning some games in this legendary holiday classic.
South Shore Vikings
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: Doudmy Saint Hilaire
Tournament Outlook: Top team from the state of New York.
Owensboro Red Devils
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6’10 Center Aric Holman
Tournament Outlook: Owensboro is currently ranked No. 9 in the state of Kentucky. 6’10 Aric Holman is a lean center with a soft touch around the rim. He also takes pride in his defense, which could help propel the Red Devils into the latter rounds of the King of the Bluegrass tournament.
De La Salle Meteors
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6’6 Brandon Hatton committed to Iowa
Tournament Outlook: Top team from Chicago, Il
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6’0 155 lbs Senior PG Elijay Cowherd
Tournament Outlook: The tigers are 1-1 after their last two games. Cowherd is a fundamentally sound guard, who likes penetrating to the rim for layups. He’s a good layup shooter and he will have to get in the lane often to create opportunities for his teammates to help pull off some upsets within the King of the Bluegrass Holiday tournament.
Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6’8 Forward Drew McDonald, 6’6 Jr. Ben Weyer
Tournament Outlook: 6’8 Senior Northern Kentucky Commit Drew McDonald is a skilled low post big man. McDonald’s 14.4 and 7 rebounds per game will keep the Thoroughbreds in some close games in the King of the Bluegrass.
St. Johns Cadets
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6’0 Junior Guard Anthony Cowan Jr. Jeff Dowtin
Tournament Outlook: The Cadets are out of the Washington DC area. After dropping their first two games on the season, they are currently winners of three in a row. Cowan Jr gets to the free-throw line with his assertive play, while Jeff Dowtin is leading the team in three point makes. St. John’s is one of 4 out-of-state schools that may make some noise in the King of the Bluegrass holiday classic.
Bullitt East Chargers
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: 6’0 Tyler Sharpe 6’9 Senior Tyler Bacon
Tournament Outlook: Current Kentucky Wildcats Forward Derek Willis alma mater will bring a nice crowd with them to cheer the Chargers on in this event. The best player on the team and the guy that will give them a chance in the KOB is Tyler Sharpe. Sharpe averages around 17 points a game and he’s shooting over 36% from three, while center Tyler Bacon averages 11 and 6 boards. Bullitt East will not back down from any competition.
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH: James Bolden
Tournament Outlook: The No. 11 ranked Holmes Bulldogs are one of the favorites to win the King of the Bluegrass with 5’11 Senior James Bolden running the point. Bolden is averaging over 20 points per game and he will play his college ball at West Virginia next season.
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