Kentucky High School Basketball Great “King” Kelly Coleman dies

Coleman still holds several Kentucky basketball records

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Courtesy: Kentucky Wesleyan College

LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – First reported by the Lexington Herald Leader, “King” Kelly Coleman has died at the age of 80.
According to the Herald Leader, Coleman was in hospice care in Hazard.
Coleman was one of the state’s first ever to hold the name “Mr. Basketball”, but some would say he’s the definition of high school basketball in the state of Kentucky.
He still holds countless records he set while playing for Wayland High School.
Coleman still holds the record for most points scored in a career (4,337) set while he played from 1953-56.
He also set the season record in 1956 with 1,734 points scored.
Arguably his most memorable performances coming in the 1956 Boys’ Sweet 16 where he scored 185 points.
He scored 68 points against Bell County in the third-place game.
Both are still records he holds to this day.

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