Tevin King is a 5'-10" combo guard from Providence St. Mel High School. He is a tough cover because of his combination of speed and strength, to go along with a nose for scoring the basketball. Illinois is tracking King's progress.
The class of 2014 guard is a fan of the Illini program.
"I really like the coach. I think Illinois is a great school. They came out to see me play. They said they really like my game."
What kind of feedback did the staff provide?
"They said I worked hard and would like to see me score a little more because I am a guard. That is what I have been doing."
His lead recruiter is assistant coach Jerrance Howard. He has kept in touch with King's family.
"I haven't really talked to him since beginning of my freshman year. He has stayed in contact with my family."
What type of system fits his game best?
"If I can run off screens and penetrate, I would fit in well in the system."
He has several high majors showing interest in his services down the line.
"DePaul, Illinois, Clemson, Kentucky, and Ohio State."
Last season at Providence St. Mel, King averaged 18 points, 4 steals and 2 rebounds per game as a freshman.
"It went great. We didn't finish it off like I would have wanted. I played very good."
How would he describe his game?
"I am a very deluxe scorer that can score from anywhere on the court. Defense is my main thing. I love defense. If you are open, I am going to get you the ball because I am a very good point guard."
He cannot be stopped when attacking the basket.
"I like to attack left. When I get to the basket, I love to absorb contact and bounce off the defender for the layup."
Offensively, he says he wants to be a scoring point guard. But defense is where King really stands out. He is a tough on-ball defender who doesn't back down from anyone.
"My defense is very aggressive. I like to time things. Growing up on the side I grew up on, it is all about defense."
King plays with the Mac Irvin Fire 15 and Under squad on the AAU scene. He talked about how it is going so far this spring.
"It has been great. I injured myself dunking, but we have played good as a team. I have been playing great since the opening Merrillville tournament."
He is playing great despite the wrist injury.
"Basically, I was going up for a dunk in practice, and I got fouled and landed on it. The doctor said it was broken, but I think it is just sprained."
King is one of the top freshmen in the state of Illinois. With this comes much publicity and hype. He doesn't let it get to him and knows it will only help him get where he wants to go.
"It is very great. I don't let it get to my head because I want to keep contributing to the team. I love it! It is exposure, and I just want to get to college."
The way he is playing, there is no doubt he will be coveted by high major programs throughout his high school career.