With sports at a standstill, the Glasgow Daily Times will be releasing daily countdowns of the best teams, athletes and coaches over the past decade of prep sports in the area.
The qualifications are simple. We will be choosing from teams that ended their seasons from the 2010-11 school year to the 2019-20 school year. Also, we will be picking from a pool of nine schools who come from the 15th District, the 16th District and Caverna High School.
Up first is a countdown of the top boys’ basketball players of the past decade:
1. Mason Faulkner, Caverna
This area has seen a great number of boys’ basketball players over the last decade. However, Faulkner is the runaway choice for the top of this list.
Now a premier D1 player for Western Carolina (17.7 points per game), Faulkner put up incredible stats while at Caverna. In his final three seasons, Faulkner scored more than 2,300 points for the Colonels.
He averaged more than 30 points per game in his last two seasons, and his senior season numbers are the stuff of legend — 35 points per game and 11 rebounds per game. During this time, the Colonels finished with a winning record in each of those last two seasons.
Faulkner is the rare player who comes along and almost single-handedly makes everyone around him better while also posting other-worldly numbers. This was an easy decision.
2. Quentin Ellis, Glasgow
Ellis, or “Q” as he was often called, is the best point guard of the decade from this area. Outside of Faulkner, he was without a doubt the hardest player for opposing teams to guard. His senior year stats, while impressive (23 points, six assists, five rebounds per game), still don’t showcase his true talent.
With his lethal combination of quickness, ball-handling and accurate 3-point shooting, Ellis could not be stopped in his last two seasons for the Scotties who went 41-16 in his two seasons as the lead point guard. After graduation, Ellis played for Angelina State and Bellevue University.
3. Tyler Robertson, Russell County
Robertson had an amazing career for his Russell County, which was highlighted by being named 4th Region Player of the Year in his senior season.
Robertson led the Lakers all the way to the regional championship game that season where Russell County narrowly lost to Warren Central 56-48. Also a member of the extremely rare 2,000-point club, Robertson goes down as one of the most feared and complete offensive threats from any county school this decade.
Robertson would pursue a career in baseball after high school where he eventually played two seasons for Western Kentucky University.
4. Dillion Geralds, Monroe County
Geralds did it all for the Falcons during his four seasons with the program. His best seasons came in his junior and senior years where he averaged a combined 18 points and nine rebounds per game.
The Tompkinsville native also has the hardware to back up his ranking. Not only is he a two-time 15th District Player of the Year, but he also earned the rare distinction of being named 4th Region Player of the Year his senior season when he led to Falcons to a 28-4 overall record.
Geralds was most dangerous as a shooter, but it was his drive to win that took Monroe County to its best season of the century. Geralds went on to play for Bresica University for four seasons.
5. Keifer Dalton, Clinton County
While Ellis holds the honor of being the best point guard on this list, Dalton has quite the resume to challenge him for that honor.
Dalton is the all-time leading scorer (more than 2,000 points) for the Bulldogs and when he graduated, he was the school’s leader in steals and assists. Plus, Dalton was named the 4th Region Player of the Year as a junior, which speaks for itself. Dalton walked on with the WKU basketball team after graduation.
6. Jackson Harlan, Clinton County
Choosing which player should have been ranked higher between Dalton and Harlan was an impossible decision as both did so much for the Bulldogs.
Both also earned spots with the Hilltopper basketball team after graduation, and both also were named 4th Region Player of the Year during their high school careers. Harlan also scored more than 2,000 points and is second all-time in scoring at Clinton County behind Dalton. You can’t really go wrong with either player being ranked over the other.
7. Kel Stotts, Russell County
Stotts has the numbers and talent to admittedly be ranked higher on this list, but his career is a very unique one. After averaging around 20 points per game for the Lakers in his sophomore and junior seasons, Stotts transferred to play for Adair County his senior season.
Afterwards, Stotts chose to continue his career playing collegiate basketball at Lindsey Wilson College. If Stotts had played his senior season at Russell County, he probably would’ve been ranked higher on this list. But without his best season being played in this area, Stotts comes in at No. 7 here.
8. Nik Sorrell, Glasgow
Sorrell just recently wrapped up his career with the Scotties, and what a career it was. He scored more than 1,600 points for the Scotties while being one of the lead guards on two different district championship teams.
Even while his Glasgow teams were brutally plagued by injuries, Sorrell contained to play excellent basketball for the Scotties. He averaged 19 points per game in his last two seasons.
9. Wade Coomer, Barren County
Out of the many, many talented Trojans who have played for coach Warren Cunningham this decade, the older of the Coomer brothers earns the distinction of being the highest-ranked player from Barren County on this list.
Coomer averaged around 18 points per game in his final two seasons for the Trojans who went 50-15 during that time. Coomer would go on to play basketball at a couple of small colleges after graduation.
10. Chandler Clements, Monroe County
Clements narrowly grabs the last spot on this list due to his eye-popping stats he was able to accumulate in his junior and senior seasons as a Falcon. He managed to score more than 1,000 points while grabbing 500 rebounds in that short two-year span.
His career came to a peak in his senior season where averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per game. The 657 points he scored are the most in a single season at Monroe County. Clements currently plays for Bethel University.