On Wednesday, Miami High guard-forward Justin Neely received the Duke University Book Award. The Miami High basketball team announced this recognition via twitter stating that the award represents “scholarship, leadership, citizenship and athletics.”
“It means a lot, to be recognized as a good student athlete and to show that there’s more than just the sport,” Neely told 305Sports.
The 6-5 wing is one of Dade County’s top 2021 prospects. Neely set a school record on Dec. 17 with a 60 point performance in a 104-99 triple-overtime win over Coral Park. In his junior season, he averaged 27.2 points per game while collecting 12.3 rebounds a night.
Neely’s Stingarees finished the season 14-10 ultimately winning the 7A District 15 championship.
“I’m more than an athlete, that’s a statement that you hear a lot nowadays but it’s something I think we should really believe in,” Neely claims. “That the person is much bigger than the sport we play and we potentially could have a major impact on the world other than just us playing sports.”
Neely holds many division one offers including Temple, VCU, and Washington State. The incoming Miami High senior is looking to become one of the nations top players.