Former NBA star Brandon Roy named National High School Coach of the Year
Former Portland Trail Blazers swingman Brandon Roy has earned the honor of being named the Naismith National High School Coach of the Year. The 32-year-old was able to attain the award in his first year as a coach of Nathan Hale High School in his native Seattle, along with 6-foot-9 forward Michael Porter Jr., who received the Naismith National High School Player of the Year award.
This marks the third time that a coach and a player from the same team share the honors, following Satch and Jared Sullinger (Northland High School, Columbus, Ohio) in 2010, and last year’s tandem of Steve Baik and Lonzo Ball (Chino Hills High School, Chino, Calif.)
Roy, a three-time NBA All-Star, is only five years removed from his last stint in the NBA, playing in five games with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2012-13 before needing season-ending surgery on his right knee.
The 2006 Rookie of the Year was hired to coach the school in June of 2016, taking over a program that won a mere three games the previous season, leading the Raiders to a perfect 29-0 season. Both player and coach are expected to be honored at their school in April.
Brandon Roy was the definition of an NBA shooting star, with a bright six-year career cut short right before our eyes because of unfortunate injuries. Throughout his five-year period with the Blazers (2006-11) and his short stint with the Wolves, Roy held averages of 18.8 points, 4.7 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game.