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Highlands senior point guard Sam Vinson may not have won the Kentucky Mr. Basketball award,
but he did take home the 2021 MaxPreps Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year honor.
Vinson also won the 9th Region Player of the Year honors.
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Despite an incredible run that capped off an incredible year, Lexington Catholic senior guard and Bellarmine University commit Ben Johnson won the Kentucky Mr. Basketball honors. The Knights beat the Bluebirds, 73-57 early in the season Jan. 17 in Lexington. But LexCath lost 101-97 at Madison Central in the 11th Region quarterfinals.
Voting for Kentucky's Mr. Basketball took place weeks before the Sweet 16 tournament, leading some in the media with ballots lamenting their decision. Evan Dennison, sports editor for The Ledger Independent in Maysville was one that admitted he would have voted differently.
Wish I could have my Mr. Basketball vote back because it would go to Highlands’ Sam Vinson. He deserves it after what he did at the state tournament, but ballots had to be turned in weeks before 🤷♂️— Evan Dennison (@EvanDennison1) April 18, 2021
Vinson will take his talents to Northern Kentucky University next year. Vinson scored 758 points for an average of 22.3 points per game and added 320 rebounds for an average of 9.4 per game helping the Bluebirds to a 30-4 record and the first state championship in school history two weeks ago. Highlands finished the season winning 21 straight.
Vinson made 278-of-492 shots for 57 percent including 31-of-90 from three-point range for 34 percent and 171-of-223 free throws for 77 percent. Vinson scored 20 in the 79-60 win over Elizabethtown in the state championship game at Rupp Arena.