The state of Kentucky has had the same all-time scoring leader for boys high school basketball since 1959, and his name was “King” Kelly Coleman.
But today, that was surpassed by Lyon County guard Travis Perry.
Perry surpassed Coleman's point mark of 4,337 today in Rupp Arena in the first round of the Sweet 16. The junior did it at the free-throw line as Lyon county defeated Newport, 61-46. Perry finished the game with 23 points.
Coleman originally set the record during a four-year career from 1952-56 at Wayland High School in Floyd County.
Lyon County's Travis Perry now has 4,340 career points. This ranks as the most in high school for a KHSAA member school. Wayland’s Kelly Coleman scored 4,337 points for Wayland High School from 1953-56. Congratulations on this accomplishment. Photo credit E. Martin Jessee pic.twitter.com/neHOIXaWNa— KHSAA Main (@KHSAA) March 16, 2023
Perry was also named the Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year earlier this week after averaging 32 points per game. He received a scholarship offer from John Calipari and UK earlier this year.
It will be interesting to see how many points Perry finishes his high school career with and where he decides to attend college. But with him only being a junior, we may have to wait a while on those answers.
Of course it ends on a free throw, but Travis Perry is Kentucky’s new all-time high school scoring leader with 4,338 career points. pic.twitter.com/GLT4zcq11E— Zack Geoghegan (@ZGeogheganKSR) March 16, 2023