Brandon Roy’s basketball career is cut short by injuries but in coaching, he doesn’t have to worry about that.
Roy, who has remade himself into a high school basketball coach and in a single season turned the program at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School into a national power, led the Raiders to an undefeated run (29-0) and the Washington Class 3A state title.
Monday, Roy was recognized as the 2017 Naismith High School Coach of the Year.
His star player, Michael Porter Jr., was named the 2017 Naismith High School Player of the year, the third time in its history that a coach and player from the same team share the top honors.
Roy took over a program that had gone 3-18 the season before, and hadn’t played in a state tournament since 1994.
Porter, a 6-foot-10 senior who will play for the Washington Huskies next season, is a big reason for the resurgence. Regarded as one of the best — if not the best — prospect in high school basketball. He averaged 34.8 points and 13.8 rebounds per game this season.
Coach and player will be honored at their high school in April.
The Naismith Trophy High School Player of the Year and Coach of the Year are awarded by the Atlanta Tipoff club and are determined by a basketball journalists from around the country. The selections were based on on-court performances during the 2016-2017 high school basketball season.