Event Date & Time

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
6:00pm

Event Location

Kansas ExpoCentre
1 Expocentre Dr, Topeka, KS 66612
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About 2018 Best of Kansas Preps


Join The Topeka Capital-Journal as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2017-2018 All-Star high school student athletes at the inaugural Best of Kansas Preps Awards. The Best of Kansas Preps awards banquet is the Capital-Journal's way of saying thank you to the thousands of outstanding high school athletes, coaches, and fans who allow us to share their stories, performances and passions. Sponsored by Envista Credit Union, the event honors the top performers in 22 sports. Awards will be presented to the Outstanding Player of the Year in each sport, as well as Male Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year. Best of Kansas Preps athletes are invited to attend for free and the event is open to family, friends and the general public.

We are proud to welcome former University Kansas & NBA basketball star, Paul Pierce, as our featured special guest. Pierce will be live in Topeka for a question and answer session about lessons he's learned and memories he's made during his career.

Doors open at 6:00pm. Event starts at 6:30pm. General admission tickets may be purchased for $50. General admission ticket includes dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation by Paul Pierce. General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to speaker. Best of Kansas Preps athletes will receive a invitation with instructions for claiming your free ticket.

Best of Kansas Preps is presented by The Topeka Capital-Journal in partnership with Envista Credit Union. Thank you, sponsors, for allowing us to bring this event to our community.




Special Guest

PAUL PIERCE

Basketball Legend
Paul Pierce is a retired professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the NBA. Pierce was a high school McDonald's All-American and earned consensus first-team All-America honors in his junior year at Kansas.

Pierce spent three years at Kansas between 1995 and 1998. He earned honorable mention All-Big Eight honors and was selected second team Freshman All-American by Basketball Weekly. He was also honored as the Big Eight Co-Freshman of the Year with Colorado's Chauncey Billups. During summer of 1996, Pierce earned a spot on the roster of the USA's Under 22 team and helped USA go unbeaten in the World Championship-qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico. As a sophomore, Pierce captured the first of two Big 12 Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player awards after averaging 21.7 points and guiding Kansas to the inaugural tournament championship.

As a junior in 1997-98, Pierce won Most Valuable Player honors in both the Preseason NIT and the Big 12 Conference Tournament. He was selected First Team All-Big 12 Conference by both the AP and Coaches, and was named Associated Press First Team All-American and a finalist for the 1998 John Wooden and Naismith awards. He scored 777 points as a junior--the fifth-most single-season point total in Jayhawks history. He ranks as the fifth-leading scorer in Kansas history (1,786 points) and 11th on the all-time rebounds list (676). Pierce left the University of Kansas following his junior season and entered the 1998 NBA draft.

Pierce spent the first fifteen years of his career with the Boston Celtics, who drafted him with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft. He became a bona fide star as captain of the Celtics, earning ten All-Star nods and becoming a four-time All-NBA team member. After nine seasons of leading the Celtics as their sole star player, Pierce combined with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007 to form a "Big Three" that together led Boston to the NBA Finals in 2008 and 2010, winning the 2008 NBA Championship. Pierce was instrumental to the Celtics' 2008 championship run, as he was awarded the Finals MVP after averaging 22 points per game. Pierce is one of only three players, alongside Larry Bird and John Havlicek, to score over 20,000 points in their career with the Celtics alone. He holds the Celtics' record for most three-point field goals made and also ranks third in team history in games played, second in points scored, seventh in total rebounds, fifth in total assists, and first in total steals. He has also made the fourth most three-point field goals in NBA history, behind only Jason Terry, Reggie Miller and Ray Allen. His nickname, "The Truth", was given to him by Shaquille O'Neal in March 2001.

In July 2013, Pierce was included in a deal that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets, along with teammates Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. He signed with the Washington Wizards the following off season, but after just one season with the Wizards, he moved back home to Los Angeles and reunited with his former Celtics coach Doc Rivers at the Clippers. He spent two seasons with the Clippers before retiring following the 2016-17 season. On July 17, 2017, the Celtics signed Pierce to a contract, enabling him to retire as a member of the organization with which he spent his first 15 NBA seasons.
Tickets

How much do the tickets cost?
Tickets, which include dinner, are $50.

Does anyone beside the student-athletes receive a free ticket?
No, our sponsors have made it possible for all of our honorees to attend Best of Kansas Preps for free.

How will the tickets be released?
You can print your tickets at home or show your phone at the door.

Will tickets be available at the door?
Tickets could sell out before June 19. If you want to guarantee your admission, purchase tickets in advance.

Will there be assigned tables?
Only sponsors and student-athletes will have assigned tables.

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