A Kingly Visit To Duke For Taylor

When thinking of the potential targets in the class of 2007, a few names have become commonly associated with Duke- Kyle Singler, Gary Johnson, and Eric Gordon. However, over the weekend, Duke hosted another duo of top prospects including 6-foo-7, 200 pound Taylor King of Santa Ana, California. On Monday night King spoke with TDD to provide a recap of his visit.

"I had a great time at Duke," said Taylor King. "They are one of my top six schools and I wanted to head down there to see what they had to offer. It was just an awesome experience that left me with a really good feeling about them."

The interest in King came as a shock to many Blue Devil onlookers, but Scout.com's fourth rated small forward and 29th overall prospect in the class of 2007 says the Duke coaching staff has been on him for a while.

"They've been in touch since last season with mailings and things. They also showed up at an open practice I had last month. I know DeMarcus [Nelson] and Jamal [Boykin] from high school, and they've been in touch as well telling me how things are at Duke as a player."

And how are "things"?

"Coach K is a no-nonsense kind of coach, and he loves Duke. He explained to me what they are looking for in my class, and how they think I could fit in with who they are trying to bring in. I think I can complement guys like Kyle Singler and Eric Gordon very well."

Despite the high praise on both sides, Duke has yet to extend an official offer to King, but he's in no rush.

"They have a way of doing things, and I'm cool with that."

When asked for analysis, Scout.com's Dave Telep provided the following synopsis of Taylor:

This young man has a big time skill: shooting the basketball. King is a long range marksman with size and confidence on the perimeter. He could stand to improve his quickness and scoring moves in the paint. When he's "on" behind the arc, he'll make a handful in a row.

Currently King ticks off a list of Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Villanova, Gonzaga, Arizona, and Southern Cal, but does not expect to make a decision any time soon.

"It's early and I don't need to rush into anything. I had committed to UCLA as a freshman, but realized I had made a decision too quickly. This time I'm going to go through the process and make sure I love everything about the school and the coach. There's not going to be a third time through this."

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