HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Neon native and former Hazard Bulldog Johnny Cox is one of many Kentucky high school basketball legends who will be honored by the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame over the next several years, as he will be one of 17 former players and coaches to be inducted later this summer.
Kelly Coleman may have been the greatest Kentucky high school basketball player to ever live, but in 1955, one year before Coleman's record setting-state tournament, Johnny Cox led the Hazard Bulldogs to a state championship.
"I was just a kid. I really didn't know much about it. I never really did pay much attention to it. I know people got all excited over it; the community did, and the fans. They got more excited over it than the players did," remembers Cox"
Prior to his two years in Hazard, Cox spent most of his childhood in Neon, Kentucky, and that is where he was introduced to the sport he grew to love.
"That's where I first started playing. I don't know how old I was. I wasn't real old. I just barely can remember it. I picked the ball up right then."
Cox would go on to play at the University of Kentucky where he was a two-time All-American under Adolph Rupp and national champion as a member of the "Fiddlin' Five" in 1958.
"We didn't play as good as we could play at the first part of the season. We had good enough players. We didn't play well. We didn't play as good as we could have. At the end of the year, everything fell into place. We could beat anybody at the end of the year."
Cox will be one of 17 new inductees into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame when he is inducted later this summer in Elizabethtown.