King beginning to take a look

Five-star V.J. King has new surroundings as a junior, and he is beginning to take a look at his recruiting.

It has been a winding road for five-star wing V.J. King. Now King is in his first season at Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI, and the class of 2016 star is ready for a big junior season. Now King is beginning to take a look at his college recruitment.

With the move from Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary to Paul VI, there is an obvious adjustment, and according to King’s father, Vince, that is going well.

“He is excited,” said Vince King. “It has been a culture change basketball wise. This region and this conference produce a lot of talent, and there is a different pace to the game because of the shot clock which is big to V.J. We’ve always said it takes iron to sharpen iron, and there is a lot of iron down here so he is excited about the new challenge.”

Every year King works to improve a specific part of his game, and this year the elder King says his son is focused on being more of a leader.

“With V.J. it is always about trying to be the best teammate he can be, and this year that involves accepting a leadership role,” said King. “He’s always wanted to be a leader and now he is in a position to do that more. That means being more vocal and taking command at times. V.J.’s personality is more quiet so it isn’t easy for him to do, but it is something he has to do and he has to be a team leader.”

Recruiting wise to this point King has taken things slowly. Schools such as Ohio State, North Carolina, Iowa, Arizona, Louisville, Wisconsin, Kansas, and many others have been in to see King and continue to recruit him hard.

When it comes to the process, Vince King said, “It has been important for V.J. to get to know the coaches on his own and I think he has done a good job of that. He is beginning to formulate some opinions on his own and establishing some of his own data to use and bring to the table. It is that time that he has to start thinking about his college decision.”

He continued, “We aren’t sitting back and trying to build a brand or anything like that. As a family we don’t care about that. V.J. can walk in tomorrow and tell me he wants to go to a school we will talk about it and that is fine, or he could wait until his senior year. That is just how we approach things, and we want V.J. to make the best decision when he is ready to make it.”

One of the reasons for King’s deliberate approach to things has to do with the fact that he hasn’t yet had a chance to visit many schools.

“It is fortunate to have USA Basketball as part of his schedule, but it does take priority over taking some visits and things like that, that other kids have a chance to do,” said King. “We will find time though. Right now though he is just focused on the season and that is the priority more so than making visits.”

Currently King is viewed as the No. 5 small forward and the No. 12 prospect overall in the 2016 class.

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