Kansas "Involved" With King

Since the eighth grade, Taylor King has been in the spotlight of the basketball recruiting world. And, after de-committing from UCLA, a number of schools all over the country have shown a lot of interest in him.

The open period started just a few weeks ago, and already coaches from Duke, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Villanova, Florida, Southern California, Notre Dame, Arizona, and Syracuse have all been in to see the 6-foot-7 forward.  While an impressive list, there are still many other top schools recruiting the Mater Dei HS product. 

“Yeah, Kansas is involved. We just haven’t been able to connect as far as a time for him to come,” Taylor King's father, Steve, said.  “We’re trying to keep it within reason here and you’ve got 8 or 9 schools that fall into the mix.” 

While a number of schools have visited King he has also taken a number of visits around the country.  King’s most recent trips were to Villanova and Syracuse. 

“They’ve all been good.  The trip to Syracuse was really good,” Steve King said.  “The trip to Villanova was really good.  We are going to Duke the weekend of the 22nd.”

But King isn’t in a hurry to make any kind of decision and most of the schools on his list are on the same playing field. 

“Yeah I’d say its wide open,” Taylor’s dad said.  “There are things that we like about every place.  Each one of the schools has top-notch coaches.  That’s a given.” 

King is rated as the 29th best player in the class of 2007, and he’s earned every bit of that ranking.  He is very skilled for his size, and is known as one of the premiere shooters in his class.  This past summer he played well for the Southern California All-Stars, and according to his dad, he played really well at some of the camps. 

“From a camp perspective, I thought he did very good”, the elder King said.  “I thought he did very good at NBA camp and exceptionally well at ABCD.  For different reasons than maybe most people would think.  Because he didn’t shoot the ball particularly well at ABCD but he ended up the 2nd leading scorer and the number four leading rebounder.”

With two years of high school basketball left, King has plenty of time to improve his game and to think about where he wants to play college basketball.  His dad said that they would like to narrow the list down in April and hopefully have a decision made by mid-summer.

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