Academic Spotlight: Kentucky’s Top Senior Student-Athletes

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Posted On: 10/15/18 2:00 PM

Over the course of a week or so, we solicited twitter followers to let us know which ballers in the Senior class are also stars in the classroom. Here are some of the highest achievers in the 2019 class both on the court and in the classroom.

  • Corbin point guard Brody Barton is ranked first in his class with a 4.0 GPA in addition to being the starting point guard for the Hounds. Barton should have a large role this year as Corbin looks to replace the production they lost to graduation.
  • Whitesville Trinity Senior forward Cameron Wright maintains a 4.0 GPA and has a 25 composite on his ACT. The senior post player has interest from several D3 and NAIA schools entering his final season for the Raiders. As a Junior, Wright averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds per game.
  • Covington Holy Cross big man Pete Knochelmann has strong enough academics to earn an invite to elite camp at Penn and is on the recruiting radar of other Ivy League schools.
  • Campbell County duo Drew Wilson and Reid Jolly are known for their success on the basketball court but are even more successful in the classroom. Both take dual credit and AP classes. Both qualify for national honor society academically and both are top players in the 10th region this season.
  • Caldwell County guard Derrin Boyd is known as one of the best players in the region but few know that Boyd carries a 4.0 GPA in the classroom as well. Derrin has the potential to be a D1 guard and the grades to get into almost any college he is interested in.
  • South Warren’s Tyler Martin has a 3.79 GPA and a 24 composite score on his ACT. Martin also posted Junior season averages of 20.2 points per game while shooting just shy of 40% from 3. 
  • Fort Thomas Highlands senior forward Ben Sisson has a 3.5 GPA in addition to averaging 9 points and 5 rebounds per game a season ago. He was limited to 12 games a season ago but looks to bounce back in his senior campaign.
  • Central Hardin Senior forward Jacob Hobbs earned multiple D1 scholarships and eventually committed to Lipscomb. He also shines in the classroom where he has a 3.97 GPA and is ranked 36th in his class out of 437 students.
  • George Rogers Clark 6’7 forward has scholarship offers for his skills on the court but also has an impressive academic resume. Canada has a 4.167 GPA and a 24 composite on his ACT. 
  • Madisonville-North Hopkins combo guard Cade Cunningham has an offer from Brescia and interest from several really strong academic D3 schools. Cunninghamh has one of the strongest academic resumes of any player in Kentucky with a 4.0 GPA and a 31 on his ACT.