King taking it slow the second time out

When Taylor King decommitted from UCLA he made it sound as if he was destined to play on the on the East Coast. He was still listing some West Coast schools, but he had high praise for the ACC and the Big East. He's been back on the market for a few months, is he still set on heading East?

When we spoke with King last April, he seemed all but certain that he wanted to move east. He cited a number of factors in why he felt other conferences were better suited for his talents.

"It's more physical, they play on national television almost every single weekend," King explained. "Just the competition you have in the Big East. You have UConn, Syracuse, Villanova, all of those teams. A lot of top-five, top-ten teams."

Not much has changed, although from all accounts his staying on the Left Coast is a little more realistic than it seemed. He has a top five list and two western teams have made the cut.

"This is my top five. North Carolina, Arizona, Gonzaga, Villanova, and Syracuse right now," said King. "There is no leader, they're all the same. I have very high interest in those that I named, and I also have medium interest in other schools too."

The Wildcats have maintained a good spot on his list and are probably in better shape than they were previously. New assistant coach Reggie Geary is a Mater Dei graduate, the same school that King attends. Apparently, the Geary has made some in roads on King and the sweet shooting junior is taking a long look at the Wildcats.

"Arizona's a great school, I love the coach, and everything about the school," King said. "The style of play is good. I'm really interested in them."

Style of play seems critical to King. He mentions it repeatedly in interviews. It seems key, but it is not the only criteria that he has.

"The style of play has to fit my style, good coaches, the location of the school, and what players are at my position at my school, who they're recruiting. Those are things I like to ask when I'm up there."

King originally committed to UCLA before his freshman year. He jumped at the chance to make a pledge to the home town Bruins, but soon realized that he made a mistake in not letting his recruitment play out. He won't make that mistake this time out.

"I'm taking it slow," King concluded.

Matt Messina contributed to this story.

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