King sees stock explode this spring

Four-star shooting guard Kobe King has major interest from college coaches and his stock is on the rise.

Shooting guard Kobe King was one of the most impressive scorers all spring long in the class of 2017. Running with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors on the adidas circuit, King was tremendous at the 16 and under level, and really saw his stock rise in the eyes of college coaches.

“I really enjoyed the spring overall,” said King. “I had some really good experiences and I think individually I played well and as a team we also did a good job and won a lot of games.”

He continued about his play, “I think I showed people that I am sneaky athletic. Not a lot of people think I am very athletic, so I am using that more and it is helping me in a lot of different ways.”

Recruiting wise King has seen his interest pick up, and his phone has been very busy since June 15, the first day schools could call him.

“I would say I have been talking to a lot of schools, but the schools that have been talking to me the most are Iowa State, Marquette, Wisconsin, Creighton, Northern Iowa, and Drake,” noted King. “Those are the main ones, but there are others.”

The first high-major school to offer King was Iowa State. That happened under Fred Hoiberg, and the recruitment has continued with Steve Prohm landing the top job.

“They are a good program,” said King of Iowa State. “You can see what they have done over the past few years being ranked high nationally. I have really been talking to T.J. (Otzelberger) a lot and he is a great guy and I love talking to him. Also I have been talking to Coach Prohm a lot and we are building a great relationship so far.”

Another coaching change will impact King’s recruitment as well. On Monday Bo Ryan announced his retirement before the 2016-17 season, meaning King would never play for him. However King says that won’t be a huge issue if assistant Greg Gard takes over the program.

“I wasn’t that close with Coach Ryan, but I have talked to him some,” said King of the situation at Wisconsin. “I am hoping Coach Gard gets the job. He is who I have been talking to since my freshman year. I am confident if he gets the job nothing will change.”

The other major in-state program, Marquette, has picked up the interest this spring, and now King is looking forward to checking out the campus.

“I am going there (today) for an unofficial visit,” said King. “We will see what that is like. I am excited to meet the coaches and see the campus. I like the program that they are building and I am looking forward to seeing everything.”

For now King is in the process of taking visits and gaining information about schools, and intends to take his time with any decision.

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