This is perfect for Louisville because they only had one true wing on the entire roster for the 2016 season. While players such as Ryan McMahon and Donovan Mitchell will probably spend the majority of their time off the ball, both of them are more combo guard types than big wings with length and athleticism. Now King joins five-star 2015 prospect Deng Adel on the roster, and the two will battle it out for minutes, but at the same time have skills that complement each other. Adel is someone with good length and athleticism and a lot of potential, but he isn’t the pure scorer that King is. With King’s ability to really shoot the ball, and general ability to get buckets, he should fit what Rick Pitino and his staff identified as a clear priority for the 2016 recruiting cycle. After suffering through two years in a row of offensively challenged rosters, Pitino has made it very clear that he wants to go after players with the ability to make shots from the outside and space the court. That is exactly what King does, and with that he should get significant time on the court and be an immediate impact guy for the Cardinals. King can stand to pay more attention to the defensive end of the floor. Now he is more than capable of being a solid defender, but to this point that has never been a huge focus for him, so he will need to make that improvement to his game. Overall this is a big get for the Cardinals. King is one of their top priorities, if not their top overall priority, on the wing and someone who should be able to give them minutes at multiple positions. With his versatility and ability to get buckets, look for King to fit right in on what is becoming a loaded Louisville roster on the perimeter.
King to bring scoring to Louisville
Five-star wing V.J. King from Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI is now off the board and headed to the University of Louisville. This is obviously a big commitment for the Cardinals to bring in a top 20 talent in the country, and now King will have a specific role to fill on the roster. At around 6-foot-6 and 195 pounds, King is someone with a ton of physical tools on the wing. He is a good athlete, has a good shooting stroke from deep, and then also can handle the ball and score in the paint. Recently he has even added a little bit of a post-up game to his offensive arsenal where he can take advantage of smaller defenders.
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