Not In My House

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Huntington (W.V.) Prep head coach Rob Fulford about Razorback basketball signee Moses Kinglsey (6-10, 232), who swatted away 129 shots against high-level competition this past season.

Almost every one playing in this weekend's NCAA'S Sweet 16 is blessed to have players that can not only score, but at least one that doesn't allow the rim to be attacked easily.

The latter should certainly be the case next year for Arkansas when it adds Nigerian-born center Moses Kingsley (6-10, 232), who is coming off a great senior season at Huntington (W.V.) Prep.

Kingsley – regarded as the nation's best prep shot blocker – swatted away 129 shots (an average of over four per game) this season and joined McDonald's All-America Bobby Portis (6-10, 220) of Little Rock Hall as the two Razorback early signees.

Kingsley blocked roughly 100 more than any player did for the Razorbacks this past season.

"Moses is simply a force of nature defensively and the coaches, his teammates and Arkansas' fans are just going to love having him there because he is just a perfect fit for what they need," Huntington head coach Rob Fulford said Thursday. "Not only can you not go to the basket on him, but his presence this season allowed us to pressure more on defense like Arkansas wants to do, take chances on the wing and funnel guys to the baseline.

"As you can tell by his numbers, when the opposing players did try to test him, it didn't end well for them," Fulford added. "He also did a great job of coming from off the ball to take away what looked like was going to easy shots.

"He did this all while rarely getting in foul trouble," Fulford continued. "He just has great natural instincts and is a highly intelligent person both on and off the court and knows what's a smart time to go after a shot and what is not."

Kingsley finished the season averaging 8.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game.

He had 11 double figure scoring games, 10 double figure rebound ones and 14 games where he blocked at least five shots.

Kingsley was a force on the offensive board with 12 games of at least five offensive rebounds and 20 games of having seven or more boards overall a game.

These numbers are staggering when you realize that he normally play about half a game on a team that has 12 Division I signees or prospects – including Baylor center signee Dominic Woodson (6-10, 290).

"Moses had a great year and was consistent all year," Fulford said. "We knew what we were going to get from him defensively night in and night out, but what was great was watching him come on offensively from someone who was just very raw, very raw. Which is not surprising because he has only played four years of organized basketball.

"He became a guy for us that could face up and hit mid-range jumpers and developed a variety of post moves," Fulford added. "He's not going to score 30 a game for Arkansas right away, but he has come a long way and is now a threat in the post and out of it.

"He had one game against Arlington County Day this season where he put up 26 points and just looked amazing offensively," Fulford continued. "It was a glimpse of what the future looks like for a kid who really is in his basketball infancy."

Fulford, whose team features the nation's top player in unsigned Andrew Wiggins, led his team 30-3 mark this season and were ranked third nationally by ESPN.

"We played the fourth-toughest high school schedule in the country according to USA Today," Fulford said. "The competition Moses got to see in practice every day was better than what he would have seen all season if he had stayed and played in Mississippi.

"He handled it great," Fulford added. "We played great competition and traveled a lot to do so. He grew so much as a player and also had a 3.6 grade point average during it. He is a highly, highly intelligent young man with great character."

Huntington Prep was invited to the National High School Invitational Tournament, which will be played on April 4-6 in Bethesda and televised by ESPN.

But they had to turn down the invitation when West Virginia's athletic association did not give the school clearance to play.

"It's a shame and all the kids were disappointed that we were not going to have a chance to play for the national title," Fulford said. "But our state is coming along on this issue and I think it is just a matter of time, maybe a year or two, before they are on board with it."

Fulford said he is excited to see what Kingsley will do at Arkansas, whose top two scorers from this season – Marshawn Powell and B.J. Young -are both turning professional.

"There is no question he and Bobby Portis will help them right away," Fulford said. "One is a impact defensive player, one an all-around player that will be an impact one offensively and they both are going to help them improve drastically right away on the boards.

"They were great out there on the court together in AAU and I know they are headed for big things at Arkansas," Fulford said. "It is going to be fun to watch."

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