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Reed Sheppard Named Gatorade Player of the Year

Deservedly so, North Laurel’s Reed Sheppard has been crowned the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Kentucky.

As only a junior, Sheppard averaged 25.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 4.4 steals per game for his High School, winning the Regional Championship and leading them to the KHSAA State Tournament. The Jaguars were pushed to a 28-5 record behind the guidance of the 6’3, 175-pound guard.

Before the season began, he committed and signed to the University of Kentucky, in which his collegiate career will begin starting in the fall of 2023.

He now joins a long list of former in-state winners, some which include Sam Vinson (2020-21, Highlands High School), Alex Matthews (2019-20, John Hardin High School), Isaiah Cozart (2018-19, Madison Central High School), and CJ Fredrick (2017-18, Covington Catholic High School).

It’s the 37th year of the award, and the first for North Laurel High School. Winning the state award now makes Sheppard eligible to become a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award, that will be announced in late March.


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