Taylor King Back Off Board

Coach Mike Kryzewski gets things done - not only on the court, but also in recruiting circles. Last year he watched as three top players committing on successive days. This year he hauled in two of the nation's best within a few hours.

The Dookies like to do things in style. Last year it was Jon Scheyer, Gerald Henderson and Brian Zoubek committing to Coach Mike Krzyzewski on three consecutive days in May. This time it was the Blue Devils getting verbal pledges from Nolan Smith and Taylor King on the same day.

The 6-foot-7 ½ King, a junior at Mater Dei (Calif.) who had committed to UCLA prior to his first high school game, committed to the Blue Devils officially on Thursday after weeks of speculation.

``I already spoke to Coach K," King said. "It's already done. I'm very excited to play for Coach K and at Duke. It's a thrill."

King, who backed out of his pledge to the Bruins this past summer, also considered Villanova and Gonzaga.

``It's going to be a great fit," King said. "It was just the way I felt. I have developed a real good relationship with Coach K and that's where I want to go."

``I don't think I'll be backing out this time," he joked.

King is averaging 26 points and 14 boards per game this season.

``I'd like to be shooting the ball a little better, but I'm rebounding better than I ever have," King said.


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