King is in no hurry

Five-star V.J. King is in no hurry to make his college decision.

One of the top prospects in the class of 2016 is V.J. King. The five-star prospect from Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary is a very talented wing, and coaches are really continuing to take notice and having him as a priority.

It was a busy summer and fall for King. One of the highlights for him was being able to participate in USA Basketball. According to his father, Vince King, that was a great experience for his son.

"It is an unquantifiable opportunity in my son's life," said King. "V.J. has been lucky enough to have two coaches with Dru Joyce at St. Vincent-St. Mary and also Eric Flannery, from Lakewood St. Edward's, who also coaches him at USA Basketball. That is just the tip of the iceberg, just all of the resources and everything it is an unbelievable experience for V.J."

Along with USA Basketball, King is working to make sure that everybody notices a different player when he is on the court this season.

"It's important for V.J. to literally look different every six months," said King. "There are things that we work on in the gym that you can't see when you walk in the gym, but the thing you can see immediately is how he looks and his strength. We have been working hard in the weight room to make sure he is stronger and more athletic. He is now just under 190 pounds, and he just looks different and is more explosive."

He continued, "Also he has worked on being a more consistent outside shooter, and also we have worked on ball handling. One thing I have focused on him with is being able to dribble the ball hard. That way the ball comes off the ground quicker and he can be more explosive with his dribble which allows him to be more aggressive as a player."

When it comes to recruiting, as one would imagine many coaches have stopped by to check in on King.

"North Carolina has come up a couple times, Alan Major from Charlotte, Auburn, Ohio State, Kentucky has come through, Coach (Tom) Izzo has sent people down, Duke is interested, Michigan, Connecticut, Georgetown has inquired but hasn't come down, and Harvard has come in," noted the elder King.

While the attention is coming in hot and heavy, King says that the family's plan is to take things slow and make an educated decision.

"Honestly I am not really worried about who comes in right now," said King. "I know these guys have their seasons and the 2014 and 2015 classes to worry about. Also as a family right now with V.J. we really don't talk about schools at all. We just feel like it is so early in the process and that V.J. has such a long way to go, that to us it seems premature to talk about where he wants to go to school."

For the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2016 class the offer list is sure to get longer before it is all said and done, but do not expect any kind of quick decision.


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