King Hearing From Iowa State

2017 guard Kobe King is regarded as the top shooting guard in Wisconsin and has remained in contact with Iowa State under the direction of Steve Prohm.

Kobe King is regarded as the top 2017 shooting guard in Wisconsin, and since Iowa State became his first high-major offer in late April, his recruitment has spiked.

King, a 6-foot-3 four-star, added a Marquette offer Tuesday to join the Cyclones, who also share the company of many mid-majors including Wisconsin-Green Bay, Drake, Northern Iowa and Portland.

“Ever since the Iowa State offers it’s been bigger schools coming in on me, not as much the mid-major ones,” King said. “I would say Wisconsin, Marquette and Virginia have shown the most [interest] since that offer.”

Despite King’s offer coming when Fred Hoiberg was at the helm, the offer has been reaffirmed with Steve Prohm in Ames. While Hoiberg’s future faced uncertainty, and during the transition, King remained in contact with assistant T.J. Otzelberger.

Iowa State has multiple connections to King with Otzelberger having built a close relationship and junior guard Matt Thomas, also a Wisconsin native, on the roster. King and Thomas have a longstanding friendship and worked out earlier this offseason back in Wisconsin.

“It’s still about the same,” King said of Iowa State’s interest. “I know Matt [Thomas] really loves the new coach and that’s who I talk to the most, so if he loves him then I know I’m going to love him too. It hasn’t really changed too much.”

Prohm reached out to King just more than one week ago and the two have remained in constant contact since. King will be one of Iowa State’s top 2017 targets and is currently regarded as the No. 36 player in the class.

“I would say probably around a week ago [I talked to Prohm],” King said. “It’s really been the same as with T.J., just talking about going down there and meeting with them sometime soon. It’s probably going to be in August now since we can’t do anything in July. We just text about basketball, we texted about the Draft. It’s really casual and really cool.”

King took an unofficial visit to Marquette on Tuesday and has been busy with his AAU squad this summer. He plans to visit Iowa State around August and expects to be busy with visits to games throughout the coming season.

For now, he’s focused on his game.

“I would say [I’m working on] a little bit of everything,” King said. My ball handling, so I can bring it up and times and be more like a combo guard and not just a straight two-guard that plays off the ball, bringing it on defense all the time and then also my mid-range game.”

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