Schools make King a priority

Nick King has battled injuries this spring, but that hasn't slowed down his recruitment at all.

Five-star forward Nick King was able to put his developing skill set on display at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy. The Memphis (Tenn.) East product has had a solid spring with Team Penny, and is proving more and more that he is ready to be a full time wing.

At 6-foot-7, King has been seen by some as a combo forward, but now he is clearly making the move to being a pure small forward. Camps like the Kevin Durant Skills Academy are helping in that regard.

"It is a great opportunity to be here," said King during the camp. "It is a great camp, being here with all of the top wings. Each player and each coach can teach you a lot. It is just a great experience."

Recruiting wise it should be no surprise that numerous high-level schools are making him a major priority.

"Memphis, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Vanderbilt, Georgia, there are a lot of schools," said King of who is recruiting him.

As expected, on June 15 those schools were making sure King knew they liked him by contacting his phone.

"It was crazy," said King of the open to the contact period. "A lot of midnight text messages and midnight calls. I was at the NBA Top 100 Camp trying to get rest, so I turned my phone off."

Josh Pastner and Memphis are working extremely hard to keep King home.

"They are saying that I can be the ‘King of Memphis' and all of that stuff," said King. "I don't let it impact me though. I know I have to keep working hard. It is great to be recruited by my hometown school."

Also the Florida Gators and Head Coach Billy Donovan are making sure to let King know he is one they want.

"(Donovan) has come up to my school," noted King. "Recently we have had some good conversations. He is a great person and they are a very good program. I like them."

Also when Mike Anderson was an assistant at Arkansas, the Razorbacks routinely pulled top kids from Memphis. Now that Anderson is the head coach, he is trying to reestablish the pipeline to Memphis.

"Their system is great," said King of Arkansas. "It causes other teams havoc. It is up and down and it gets you going. I like them a lot."

For now the No. 16 prospect in the country is just taking it all in, but it is clear he has numerous high level options to choose from.

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