From the Gridiron to the Hardwood: Kentucky’s Top Two Sport Stars


Posted On: 09/14/18 3:01 PM

We’re still a month away from the start of basketball practice in Kentucky and football season is in full swing across the bluegrass state. Several of the state’s best football players are also stars on the basketball court. There are plenty to choose from but here are some of the most impressive football/basketball stars.

  • Boyle County G and WR Reese Smith is the leading scorer for the Rebels in basketball and a high major football recruit. Smith is averaging 109 yards per game receiving and holds multiple D1 offers already on the football field. Reese would be a D1 basketball recruit if he played AAU.
  • LaRue County Senior Anthony Adkins is committed to Louisville football after he graduates from LaRue. He also happens to be a standout on the hardwood and is among the favorites to be the best player in the 5th region this season. Adkins’ brother Jerimiah Belton also is top 50 in the state in rushing and will be the point guard for the Hawks this season.
  • Campbell County’s Senior Reid Jolly is 5th in the state in receiving at 450 yards this season. As soon as he gets off the field, Jolly will shift his focus to getting back to Rupp Arena after leading Campbell to the Final 4 last season.
  • Campbellsville Junior Point Guard and do it all football player Malachi Corley has interest from Duke as a DB and should be the leading scorer for the Eagles this season on the basketball court. Malachi could play college football or basketball and is likely to have looks for both sports before all is said and done.
  • Sophomore Q’Daryius McHenry is a dynamic football player and is a bulldog on the court as a point guard. McHenry is very athletic and puts all those skills to use on both the hardwood and the field.
  • Pikeville Senior Connor Roberts averaged 14 points per game as a Junior last season and has over 400 yards rushing already this season for the Panthers.
  • Ryan Mathis is a starting guard for Graves County and has passed for over 800 yards in 4 games. Graves will be in contention to get back to Rupp this season and Mathis will have to lead them there.
  • Central Hardin Junior PG Gavin George is primed for a breakout season this year on the court but is also top 50 in the state in receiving on the field. Central Hardin’s QB Chase Elmore is also a standout basketball player who averaged over 7 points per game last season.