Ranked nationally by Scout.com as the No. 13 at small forward spot and No. 65 overall in the 2010 rankings, Keala King was still receiving phone calls from suitors even after he verbaled to Arizona State nearly two months ago.
"Some schools were calling my mother," King commented. "She never told me who those schools were, and she told them that I was committed to Arizona State."
King, who has been compared to former Sun Devil James Harden, is also a southpaw who along with being a deft shooter and penetrator, is also a skillful ball handler. Last season he transferred from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez High School to Santa Ana Mater Dei High School. The Southern California powerhouse is ranked 19th nationally.
ASU's newest signee was a key reserve at Dominguez in his sophomore year on a team that beat Mater Dei for the CIF Southern Section's I-AA title. As a junior he averaged 16 points per game and earned the San Gabriel Valley League Player of the Year award as well as first-team Press-Telegram Dream Team.
"I know I can bring quickness and leadership," said King of his attributes. "I know I can contribute to the team in winning games and competing for a Pac-10 championship." "Everything makes me excited about Keala,'' said Coach Herb Sendek in press release on ASU's official website. "He's a tremendous young player. I expect him to hit the floor running and have a tremendous career here at Arizona State. He's strong, he's tough, he's a multidimensional player. He's a winner."
"I think I could fit in very nice with Arizona State and do some of the stuff that James did there," King stated in a previous Devils Digest interview. "Obviously he's a great player and I'm trying to get to his level. When I watched film with the coaches I could tell that Arizona State likes to run, rebound the ball and push it and I like to play in that style.
"This is a program that is starting to reach to his highest ability. It used to be an underdog and now it's like a sleeping giant."