The new season is only four official practices - two days - in the books but already a newcomer is impressing University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.
Freshman V.J. King, a five-star and McDonald's All-American, has been superb in the months of practice and individual work outs since he arrived on campus in June. Pitino said King was sensational in the first four 'official' practices of the season.
Talking with Terry Meiners on WHAS-840 radio on Tuesday afternoon, Pitino said King was "ready to play even as a freshman."
"He’s an outstanding basketball player," Pitino said in the interview. "He's very aggressive, very athletic, extremely quick."
Pitino said he could play the 6-foot-7 King at the two or three positions on the floor and said he was giving Deng Adel "all he can handle" during the first few practices of the season.
Adel is the Cardinals' projected starter at the three spot.
"We’re going to play him a little at the two guard," Pitino said. "If we played today he’d probably start at the two. In the Red-White scrimmage next Wednesday he’s probably going to go against Deng Adel."
Pitino told Cardinal Authority last month that King was "as ready as any freshman we've had" in his time at Louisville.
King, who averaged 25.2 points a game last season as a senior at Paul VI in Fairfax, Va., was the 24th U of L signee to be named to the McDonald's All-American game. He also played in the Jordan Brand Classic.