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Does Shelby Valley have state’s best kept basketball secret?

Shelby Valley coach Jim Hicks holds his daughter after meeting Kyle Macy and Jack Givens. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Shelby Valley freshman Cassidy Jo Rowe recently gave her verbal commitment to Kentucky, but turns out she’s not the only talented basketball player at the school.

Sophomore Cody Potter, a 6-5 junior guard, became the first player in school history to go over 1,000 points in two years when he scored 1,039 points his first two years and shot 48 percent (341 of 718) from the field and — get this — 43 percent from 3-point range (179 or 417).

He’s also an 85 percent free throw shooter. He also managed to average 8.1 rebounds per game.

“I think he is the best kept secret in Kentucky,” said Shelby Valley coach Jim Hicks. “He is definitely a Division I prospect and I believe he should be a Mr. Basketball contender in 2020.

“He’s still got two years l eft and I know there are Division I schools where he can play. It just depends on how hard he works as to how high he can go.”

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