Kentucky signee Brandon Stockton is off to a blazing start in pursuit of Mr. Basketball honors.
The 5-foot-11 guard from Glasgow has poured in 61 points in his first two games. He scored 30 points in the Scotties' season-opener against Edmonson County and followed that up with 31 against the No. 2 team in Indiana, New Albany, on Friday night in the Blue Chip Shootout at Bellarmine University.
New Albany defeated Glasgow 76-68, but Stockton overcame double- and triple-teams to almost single-handedly keep the Scotties in the game. He finished 10-of-25 from the field, 8-for-8 at the line and hit three from 3-point range.
His performance earned the highest praise frow New Albany coach Jim Shannon.
"He's the best player I've ever coached against," Shannon told the New Albany Tribune. "What a fantastic player. My gosh."
Shannon's coaching experience includes games against former Indiana prep stars and McDonald's All-Americans Jason Gardner (Arizona) and Chris Thomas (Notre Dame). "He's right there with them," Shannon added.
Against Edmonson County, Stockton was 8-of-16 from the field, 10-for-11 at the line and hit four 3-pointers. He also complemented his scoring with 10 assists and seven rebounds despite retiring to the bench early in the fourth quarter.
Stockton is one of three players to sign with Kentucky during the November early signing period. The others are junior college swingman Antwain Barbour and Canadian big man Bernard Cote. All three players will be featured in action next week at Lexington Catholic High School as part of the Adolph Rupp Classic.