New King in Akron

A five-star prospect, V.J. King feels the pressure at St. Vincent-St. Mary, but he hasn't let it bother him one bit this season.

There is no doubt that the shadow of LeBron James still hovers over the basketball program at Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary. Now the program now has a new star and that is V.J. King. The class of 2016 standout is having a big time year, and college coaches are making him a major priority.

"There is pressure because of who I am and because of who went to this school, so there is pressure, but I try not to focus on that and just go out and do my thing," said King about being a nationally touted player at his high school.

Still for King as a sophomore the pressure hasn't gotten to him at all. He has improved quite a bit from his freshman season.

"I'm a lot more comfortable this year and the coaches are trusting me more," noted King. "My shots have been hitting and I feel a lot more comfortable than last year."

Recruiting wise offers have come in from places such as Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Arizona, Iowa, Wisconsin, and more. Also there is interest from schools such as Kansas, Michigan, and North Carolina.

For his part though, King has separated himself from the recruiting process.

"Honestly I don't get into all that," said King of recruiting. "My dad takes care of all that stuff, but most of the big time colleges are looking at me though."

Even though King now lives in Ohio, he spent a good part of his childhood in North Carolina. Still he says no school has the built in advantage of being the one he rooted for.

"I didn't really have favorites growing up," noted King. "Honestly I didn't watch college basketball until I was in seventh or eighth grade, so I didn't really grow up watching any school or have any favorites."

For now King is just taking everything in stride, and is hoping to make some more college visits after the season. Until then then this King will try to bring home a state title to St. Vincent-St. Mary.


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