PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - It was a first game to remember
"The big thing is rebounding. He was in double digits rebounding the ball," said Johnson Central head basketball coach Tommy McKenzie.
"We are telling him all the time he’s probably one of the better rebounders we've got up. He’s got a nose for rebounding," said J.R. VanHoose.
5’11 Johnson Central sophomore Cory VanHoose recorded a double-double scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds Friday Night.
"I just went out and played hard crash the boards. Got up down the floor and we executed coach McKenzie’s game plan," said Cory VanHoose.
A name familiar in the Mountains.
"A lot we get asked a lot. I mean people don’t take into consideration then I’m 5’11 and he’s 6’9," said Cory.
"I would say about every game we play somebody would come up and ask me," said J.R. VanHoose.
J.R. VanHoose is a legend in Eastern Kentucky, winning the 1998 Mr. Basketball award. Now he helps coach the Golden Eagles
"The big thing with J.R. is his experience. He’s had great experience as a player. Great experience in coaching And he brings a tireless work ethic," said Coach McKenzie.
While the VanHoose’s aren’t related they still have a great relationship.
"Cory and I are pretty close he even comes home from AAU events in the summer and says, ‘Somebody asked me if I was your son. I just told 'em you were my dad,'" said J.R. VanHoose.
"I have a good relationship with him all of the players have a good relationship with him. More than anything he brings experience because he’s been to a lot more places than we have. He’s probably one of the best players to step in our gym," said Cory VanHoose.