V.J. King, Louisville's top incoming prospect in the 2016 recruiting class, was rewarded this past weekend by being named a McDonald's All-American and the selection was well earned, especially considering how well he's played during his senior season.
A 6-foot-6 wing, King boasts good size, length and athleticism for a perimeter prospect. But King has always had impressive physical attributes, where he's improved a great deal over his high school career is with his feel as a scorer. King's game has matured, as he's spruced up his shot selection, has become a more well rounded scorer and more often than not makes the right play.
Scoring is certainly where King brings the most value. He looks to drive the ball, attack off the dribble and is a quality finisher at the rim. But he's also a more than capable shooter on the pull and does a good job of creating space for shot opportunities. King also has improved his long-range stroke. At this stage, King is a slightly above average shooter from three, but with hard work and time that will continue to improve, as he has good shot mechanics and form.
King, who is averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds a game, should be an impact performer at Louisville and with Damien Lee set to graduate, he will have a good opportunity to slide in and bring a scoring punch to the table for the Cardinals.
Frankie Hughes has had a very good senior season to date. Hughes has always been known as a shooter, but this year he has done a bit more of what you would look for from a point guard. His ball handling has improved, and also he is making much better decisions. Now Hughes still has a ways to go in terms of becoming a point guard and being the guy you want making decisions with the game on the line, but he is making progress and his scoring is still at a high level.
Even though Hughes was seen as a bit of a reach at the time of his commitment, his development has him looking like someone who could crack the rotation at Louisville early in his career and maybe even developing into a starter before it is all said and done.