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Deceased coach King among 2023 KHSAA Hall of Fame inductees

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Kentucky mountain basketball legends BB King, Randy Napier and Carolyn Alexander have been named to the 2023 class of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, a 14-person class that also includes Dave Cowens, Jared Lorenzen, Derek Smith and Chris Brohm, among other notables.

Their hall of fame bios:

Barry “BB” King led Knott County Central to two KHSAA Boys’ Basketball Sweet 16 appearances as an athlete and five as a coach. King scored 1,941 career points, which ranks third all-time in school history. The Patriots went 260-109 (.705) over 12 seasons, including a span of four consecutive region and district titles from 2012-2015. Knott County Central advanced to eight region finals during King’s tenure which also included a stint as Kentucky All-Star coach, claiming two WYMT Mountain Classic championships. 

Note: King, known as the "King of Mountain basketball", coached the beginning of this season at Breathitt County before his death in December.

Randy Napier coached girls’ basketball at MC Napier and Perry County Central for a combined 38 seasons. Napier’s career record of 886-285 (.757) makes him the all-time winningest girls’ basketball coach in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, while also topping the sport’s list of games coached at 1,171. His teams won 22 district titles, 10 region titles and one KHSAA Girls’ Basketball Sweet 16. Napier earned Region 14 Coach of the Year honors 11 times and coached the Kentucky All-Stars in 2007 and the McDonald’s All-American team in 2014.

Carolyn Alexander, the 1998 Kentucky Miss Basketball runner-up, led Hazard to the 1997 KHSAA Girls’ Basketball Sweet 16 championship and back-to-back All “A” titles. In her junior season, Alexander earned first-team All-State honors from the Associated Press, Lexington Herald-Leader and Courier Journal, and was named the No. 1 player in Kentucky by the AP. Alexander’s 3,726 career points rank fifth all-time, highlighted by a 1,029-point campaign in 1997-98. She also totaled more than 1,100 rebounds, 500 steals, 300 assists and 100 blocks over her career.

The induction ceremony is April 30 at the Central Back Center Ballroom, Lexington.

Congratulations to these Kentucky legends.

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