The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame was born out of an idea from the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches. Under the direction of North Hardin High School's Men's Head Basketball Coach Ron Bevars, the project began in October 2009 with the stated purpose of recognizing and protecting the heritage of Kentucky High School Basketball. The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame is dedicated to promoting and educating the public about the culture, tradition and rich heritage of Kentucky High School Basketball. It will honor and provide a fitting tribute to former players and coaches while preserving and displaying historical information and memorabilia associated with the game.
Elizabethtown, Kentucky serves as the permanent home of The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Headquartered in the center of the Commonwealth's Heartland, the Hall's new home provides the public convenient access to all the organization's activities and functions.
The “Essence of the Game” is the rich heritage and invaluable life lessons taught through the experience of playing basketball. These treasures that players and coaches take with them, long after the competition stops, are the real rewards that change lives. Hard work, respect for authority, the value of teamwork, personal responsibility and the importance of tradition are just a few elements that make up the “Essence of the Game.”
The following Kentucky Wildcat legends are set to be inducted on July 20, 2013 in Elizabethtown:
Linville Puckett (Clark County High School, 1952): Puckett was the last of seven brothers who played for Clark County. He led Clark County to the 1951 state championship. He was a three-time All-State honoree. Puckett was also named to the All-Tournament teams following the 1950, '51 and '52 state tournaments. He played on the 1954 University of Kentucky team which finished 24-0.
Johnny Cox (Hazard High School, 1955): Cox led Hazard to the 1955 state championship, scoring 127 points in the tournament and earning All-Tournament honors. Cox was All-State and Mr. Basketball in 1955, earning a scholarship to Kentucky. He was a member of the “Fiddlin' Five” national championship team.
Billy Ray Lickert (Lexington Lafayette, 1957): Lickert led Lafayette to the state championship in 1957, scoring 26 points in the championship game. He was named All-State in 1956 and '57 and was named Mr. Basketball in '57. He played with Cox at UK.
Larry Conley (Ashland High School, 1962): Conley helped Ashland win the 1961 state championship and a runner-up finish in '62. He was All-State in 1961 and '62 and played at Kentucky on the 1966 national championship team. Alfred
Mike Casey (Shelby County, 1966): Casey was a high school All-American in 1966, when he led the Rockets to the state title and was named Mr. Basketball. He was named All-State twice and went on to star at Kentucky.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.