Camron Justice, the Knott County Central junior guard, has de-committed from the University of Tennessee. Justice has opened up his recruiting opportunity again.
He played in the Sweet 16 this past week with his team. Although they lost, Justice scored 25 points to lead the 4th Region champion Patriots.
His dad Raymond, the former Belfry Pirates head coach, is an assistant at Knott Central. Justice took the Pirates to the state tournament three straight seasons from 1990-92. That team was led by J. J. Hylton.
Justice, a 6’2” shooting guard, like most Bluegrass State talents, would like to get interest from Kentucky, but so far John Calapari has not shown any interest.
Other schools that have been interested in Justice are Louisville, Marshall, Gonzaga and Butler - just to name a few.
It will be interesting to see how his senior season will go in 2014-15 and if he will receive Mr. Basketball consideration for the Bluegrass State.
Justice and his squad played twice this season at the Williamson Fieldhouse. Once against Sheldon Clark and the other time in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout versus South Charleston, W.Va.
Short stuff: Both teams that defeated Tug Valley in the Class A, Region 3 tournament lost in the first round of the W.Va. State Basketball Tournament. Greater Beckley Christian lost to Clay-Batelle, while Valley Fayette lost to Charleston Catholic.
There is no doubt George Washington High School senior Jon Elmore should be the Player of the Year in W.Va. That’s who I voted for. He led the state averaging over 30 ppg. this season. He led the Patriots to the state tournament. Even though GW lost in the first round, Elmore carried the team on his back scoring 40 points. He comes from a basketball family. His dad, Gay Elmore, Jr., played at VMI. His brother, Ot, is playing there now and he will join his sibling next season playing hoops for the small D-1 school.
Washington High School, the new school located in the state’s eastern panhandle, has dominated the Triple A class in the Mountain State. They went into the state tourney undefeated and were heavily favored to win the state championship. (As I wrote this column, the championship game had not been played. It will air on Suddenlink at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening.)
Former WVU basketball coach John Beilein has taken four schools to the NCAA tourney. They were Canisius (1996), Richmond, (1998), West Virginia (2005-07) and Michigan (2009, 2011-13).
The John Hunt Memorial 5-K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, March 28th at Belfry High School. Registration is $20 before race day and $10 for kids 14 and under. Race day fees will be $35 and $15 for kids. Runners can pre-register at the Coal House, Mingo County Diabetes Coaliation, on Facebook or at BHS. Each paid runner will get a T-shirt. Medals and trophies will be awarded. All proceeds will go toward the Belfry Athletic Department.
Belfry Middle School will be conducting an alumni basketball event on March 29 and there is still time to sign-up. The alumni event will be a tournament style event with each team guaranteed two games, unless an unexpected number of teams sign up to play. The fee for the games will be $30 per player with all proceeds going to Belfry Middle School. Registration covers concessions, referees, team t-shirts, and trophies. Only the first 8 teams to pay are guaranteed games. Contact Jeremy Howard or Brody Justice at BMS for more information at (606-353-9688). If your team is already complete, fax a copy of the roster to Belfry Middle School at (606-353-9327).
The baseball game between West Virginia and Marshall at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for last Tuesday, March 18, but was postponed as a result of wet field conditions at Appalachian Power Park. The Mountaineers will host Marshall at Hawley Field in Morgantown on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)