Brandon Roy Named 2017 Naismith National HS Coach of the Year

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2017

In this photo taken Feb. 8, 2017, Nathan Hale High School head coach and former NBA all-star Brandon Roy talks with an official during a Metro League basketball game, in Seattle. Roy's team features Michael Porter Jr., the nation's No. 1 high school recruit for the nation's No. 1 high school team. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Former NBA player Brandon Roy was named the Naismith National High School Coach of the Year on Monday, according to NaismithTrophy.com.

Roy led Seattle's Nathan Hale High School to a perfect 29-0 record this season. His star player, Michael Porter Jr., was named the Naismith National High School Player of the Year.

"Michael was the leader of a talented team which worked hard and never lost sight of their end goal—a perfect season and winning a state title," Eric Oberman, the executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club, said. "Coach Roy was the steady guidance who motivated this team to improve every single game, and ultimately they both were rewarded by winning Naismith awards."

Roy, 32, played six NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 18.8 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds in his career. He was a three-time All-Star selection, though chronic knee issues ultimately forced him out of the league.

The combination of Roy and Porter led Nathan Hale to a Washington 3A state championship this past season. Porter is considered a 5-star recruit by Scout.com and the No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2017 overall. He is currently committed to Washington.