Neon native and former Hazard Bulldog Johnny Cox is one of many Kentucky high school basketball legends who will be honored by the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame over the next several years, as he will be one of 17 former players and coaches to be inducted later this summer.
Kelly Coleman may have been the greatest Kentucky high school basketball player to ever live, but in 1955, one year before Coleman’s record setting-state tournament, Johnny Cox led the Hazard Bulldogs to a state championship.
“I was just a kid. I really didn’t know much about it. I never really did pay much attention to it. I know people got all excited over it; the community did, and the fans. They got more excited over it than the players did,” remembers Cox.