Hollingsworth earns MVP honors in Derby Classic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Taveion Hollingsworth turned in another MVP effort Saturday night.

The WKU signee tallied 18 points and seven rebounds in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville, earning most valuable player honors for his Thunder squad.

Hollingsworth – a 6-foot-2 guard out of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Ky. – made 7 of 15 shots, including two 3-pointers, in 21 minutes.

Paul Laurence Dunbar senior Taveion Hollingsworth, pictured against Bowling Green, is 2017 Kentucky Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year. He has signed to play college basketball at Western Kentucky University. (Courtesy of Steve Roberts / WKU Athletics)

The three-star guard scored seven points in the first half before exploding with nine points in the third quarter.

The Derby Festival Basketball Classic was first held in 1973 and is billed as the oldest high school all-star game in the nation. Hollingsworth is the first WKU signee to compete in the game since George Fant and Derrick Gordon in 2011.

It’s been a strong spring for the standout guard, who was named 2017 Kentucky Mr. Basketball and the Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year. He’s the sixth Kentucky Mr. Basketball in WKU history and the first since Elizabethtown’s Steffphon Pettigrew in 2007.

Hollingsworth won most valuable player honors earlier this month at the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game, scoring 19 points to lead the Commonwealth to a narrow victory.

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