Former Belfry High School coach Raymond Justice has to be very proud of his son Camron Justice, who is a 6-1 sophomore guard at Knott County Central located in Hindman, Ky.
Camron is one of the top players in the Bluegrass State. The young guard started his career at East Ridge as a 7th grader. (In Kentucky, 7th and 8th graders can play on the high school teams.)
He played for his father at East Ridge for a couple of seasons. The elder Justice, who led Belfry to three straight Sweet Sixteen appearances back in early 1990s, is now an assistant coach at Knott Central.
He is already getting plenty of college interest and could end up playing Division One basketball.
The Knott County Central sophomore poured in a tournament record 62 points in the Patriots’ 95-93 loss to Cincinnati Roger Bacon in a consolation game of the Republic Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic recently.
Camron was 19-for-29 from the field, including 8-for-11 three-pointers. He made 16 of 19 free throws.
Camron’s father, who is a current assistant at Knott Central, was unaware of his son’s feat. When told after the game that Camron had scored 62, dad’s response was “No way.”
Camron’s previous career high was 45 against Buckhorn in the finals of the WYMT tournament last season.
The hot-shooting guard is averaging close to 29 points per game and is shooting 55 percent from the floor. He is shooting a nice 46 percent from behind the 3-piont arc and 84 percent from the foul line. He is also pulling down five rebounds per contest
The Patriots, coached by B. B. King, have a record of 12-2 heading into this weekend.
The way Camron is going, he could go down as one of the best players to come out of eastern Kentucky.
This section of the state has produced so many great players over the years. Some of those that I have seen in my lifetime are Ervin Stepp of Phelps, Todd May of Virgie, J.J. Hylton of Belfry, Jody Thompson of Feds Creek and J. R. VanHoose of Paintsville.
It would be nice to see young Justice playing in this county again. Special players like this only come along every so often.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org)