So what does head coach Ricardo Patton expect from King-Stockton this time around?
"I just expect him to play good solid basketball; play like a junior, like a guy that's been here and like a guy that belongs here," Patton said Monday. "So far he's really done a good job for us in practice."
Some of King-Stockton's inconsistency last season — when he averaged 1.8 points and 3.2 boards per game — can be attributed to the fact he was playing hurt most of the year. Post-season surgery has King-Stockton healthy again.
He'll head into the season as the odds-on favorite to start in the low post for the Buffaloes. BSN spoke to King-Stockton prior to Monday's practice.
BSN: You kind of played hurt last year with the hernia and the toe issue. When did those happen?
MKS: The hernia happened about the middle of last season. And I've had the toe problem since my freshman year.
BSN: You had surgery after last season?
MKS: Yeah, I had to get all fixed up and get ready to go for this one.
BSN: So are you 100 percent?
MKS: Oh yeah. I'm ready to go.
BSN: What are your expectations for yourself for this season?
MKS: I expect to be a leader for these younger guys. I expect to pick up a lot of slack in the middle with Chris and Julius gone. They really need me this year. So I look forward to picking up that slack.
BSN: What do you see from the young guys, Sean Kowal, Marc Van Burck and Trent Beckley?
MKS: I see a lot of potential. They can be very good. We'll see a lot of them this year. Pretty soon everyone will be able to see what I see in practice every day.
BSN: Tell me about the offense you guys will run. You're going to be in the low post?
MKS: Yeah, I'll be low post. We'll run a lot more than last year. I think we'll be more up and down.
BSN: Why do you say that?
MKS: I think guys are more athletic. And that's what coaches really want us to do. That's fun basketball.
BSN: I get hearing about Jermyl Jackson-Wilson. What's your take on his game?
MKS: Jermyl's a very good player, a very explosive player, very quick player. I'm not going to reveal too much about him. You all have heard a lot about him, but you will see for yourself. All the hype that you've been hearing, he will live up to it.