Josh King, a 5-10, 170 pound senior, doesn't look the part. Neither did Travis Diener when he was in high school.
King completed a stellar – albeit silent in that he was under the radar – career at Trinity as his Bulldogs soundly defeated Greensboro Dudley 73-64 to capture the 3-A title at the Dean E. Smith Center Saturday night.
Trinity's offense gave them the style of N.C. State dressed in North Carolina Tar Heel uniforms. With confidence, poise and focus, they steadily scored, defended and took it to Dudley.
Senior John McEachin, a football prospect, defended and scored 18 points. Guard Tim Kelly had 10 assists. Power forward Dustin Everette scored inside and held his ground against a bigger Dudley frontline. Meanwhile, King did his thing from the guard spot.
King set the all-time mark for 3-pointers made in the state of North Carolina. King connected on over 400 in his career. The young man is tough. He's determined and he has a ton of intangibles that just jump out at you.
College coaches are always looking for hard-nosed gym rats with leadership skills. King has them. What he doesn't have is a lot of offers or interest for that part.
King's coach Tim Kelly said it best when speaking about his team. "We look like choir boys when we walk into the building, but we're not."
King is no choir boy, he's a player.
So far, High Point has offered him a situation where he walks on for a year and then they will scholarship him after that. King thought East Carolina was coming to see him in the state title game but they didn't make it.
In this observer's opinion, some teams are missing the boat. Here's a guy who makes shots, is crafty and didn't turn it over. He's kind of a mix between Rick Jones (Murray State) and Deiner at Marquette. King is a confident kid. Now, he needs a program to show some confidence in him and step up and make the offer.
Over on the Dudley side of the court, there were two prospects that really stood out and will be high-major players.
Kevin Swinton, the team's 6-7 junior power forward, put in work. He went 10-for-15 from the field in the game for 26 points and 10 rebounds. Around the basket, Swinton can get it done. His footwork sometimes gets him in trouble, but he's talented and Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser was in the building watching his future Deacon.
Both Prosser and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams might have had their eye on sophomore small forward William Graves. The Dudley star got off to a sluggish start but did finish strong with 6 points in the 4th quarter.
Graves' shot wasn't falling early and he finished 5-for-17 in the game with 7 rebounds and 13 points. Dudley finished the year 25-8. They'll be back, there's no doubt about that.
Trinity, on the other hands, capped an outstanding four-year for a group of kids who have been playing together since the 7th grade.