Harlan High School seniors Jordan Brock and Noah Busroe received statewide honors on Tuesday evening during a ceremony at the Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom.
Brock won the Donna Murphy Award, which is presented to a Kentucky female high school senior basketball player, who exemplifies the essence of “student-athlete.”
The winner must meet the following the criteria — demonstrates outstanding basketball skills and athleticism; proven academic credentials and college bound; exhibits integrity, respect, positive attitude, solid work ethic and leadership; displays ability to overcome adversity
Murphy played basketball at Newport High School from 1972 to 1976 and went on to become an All-American and graduate of Morehead State University, and their first female student-athlete to have her jersey retired. She is a member of 11 Hall of Famers, including the Kentucky Basketball Hall of Fame and recipient of numerous honors. She was awarded the Ted Sandford Award for being named the MVP of the 1975 Kentucky state tournament after she scored 67 points and grabbed 50 rebounds. During her senior year she was named Kentucky’s first Miss Basketball in 1976, averaging 35 points and 20 rebounds. Murphy was the first forward drafted in the Women’s Professional Basketball League in 1980 and went on to play for the St. Louis Streak. After her playing days and completing her graduate degree, she transitioned from player to coach. Her college coaching stints included the University of Kentucky, University of Florida, University of Memphis, Morehead State University, University of Cincinnati and she started the first women’s basketball program at Asbury University.
Busroe won the “Wah Wah” Jones Award, which is presented to a senior multi-sport athlete who excels equally in the classroom and contributes greatly to the community.
“All of the nominees were very deserving and this decision gets more difficult to make each year,” said Wallace “Wah” Jones Jr.
Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones Sr. led Harlan High School to the state basketball championship in 1944 and was a two-sport All-American at the University of Kentucky, playing for legendary coaches Adolph Rupp and Bear Bryant, winning two national championships and an NIT. Jones is the only player at the University of Kentucky to have his jerseys retired in both sports. In addition to basketball and football, Jones was a pitcher with the Wildcats and a member of the UK track and field team. He won a gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics with Rupp’s “Fabulous Five” and the Phillip 66ers. After college Jones went on to play in the National Basketball Association with the Indianapolis Olympians. During his tremendous athletic career Jones was the image of sportsmanship and is respected throughout the world.
Busroe played basketball, baseball, football and ran track during his high school career, while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.
“This has been another great year to be a Dragon. We could not be more proud to have both Noah and Jordan recognized on this level,” said Harlan High School Principal Britt Lawson. “They have worked extremely hard and we are excited to celebrate their accomplishments alongside their families. This is a wonderful way for both of them to be recognized at the end of their stellar high school careers. We are excited of the legacy they leave behind and the work and dedication they have shown to their respective programs.
Paul Dunbar High School’s Taveion Hollingsworth and Bullitt East’s Lindsey Duvall were named Kentucky’s Mr. and Miss Basketball winners during the ceremony. Hollingsworth’s mother and father were both Harlan High School graduates and played basketball at the school.
Other award winners Tuesday night were Sacred Heart girls basketball coach/athletic director Donna Moir (Kentucky All-Star Hall of Fame and Founders Coaching Award), Kentucky High School Athletic Association commissioner Julian Tackett (Kentucky All-Star Hall of Fame); and former Fairdale boys basketball coach Stan Hardin (Ralph Beard Lifetime Achievement Award).
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