Record Performance By King

On a night where Robert Hite and Guillermo Diaz both recorded career highs in scoring with 38 and 27 points respectively, they were overshadowed by a player who was making just his fourth career start in 6-foot-9 power forward Anthony King.

How could someone overshadow Robert Hite who was 14-for-24 overall and 11-for-14 in the second half and Guillermo Diaz who made his first 11 shots before finishing the game 11-for-13 with four assists and three steals?

There are two simple answers to that and either one would have been good enough, but when you put them together, it makes it even easier to see how. King recorded the first ever triple-double in University of Miami men's basketball history, set a school record in blocked shots and broke a 25-year old ACC record for blocked shots.

That's something Tim James never did. That's some Darius Rice never did. That's something Eric Brown never did. That's something no player in Hurricane history has ever done since the NCAA began keeping the assist statistic in 1984.

We might receive some emails from Rick Barry who might debate that, but King is now in the Hurricanes' record book with his 11 points, 10 rebounds and a ridiculous 13 blocked shots state line in Miami's 84-68 win over Florida Atlantic at the Convocation Center Monday night while improving its record to 2-2 this season.

He achieved this in only 30 minutes of play.

Even more incredible than the triple-double is the 13 blocked shots.

That is not only a Hurricanes record, eclipsing the mark of eight that was set on three different occasions by three different players, Constantin Popa, Tim James and James Jones, but a mark that eclipsed an ACC record that was set on three different occasions by three different players as well.

The ACC mark was 12 and was first set by former Virginia center Ralph Sampson in 1979. It was later matched by Derrick Lewis of Maryland in 1987 and by Cedric Lewis of Maryland in 1991.

Now, it belongs to King and could be his for quite a long time, possibly ever, as blocking 13 shots happens about as often as a player scoring 60 points occurs.

King, a Durham, North Carolina native, was at a loss for words of his historic accomplishments.

"Hearing that, beating Ralph Sampson, think about it," King said smiling ear-to-ear.

Another person who was extremely impressed with King's block-a-thon was FAU coach Sidney Green.

"Anthony King intimidated us inside all night," Green said. "We did not expect him to play like that, but he blocked shots on our first five possessions and it got to us mentally."

Miami coach Frank Haith was also quite pleased with the performance of his young sophomore power forward that is gaining more and more confidence in his coaches.

"I told our team about Anthony after the game," Haith said. "Anthony's performance tells me one thing. He just does his role and we can all learn from that. He doesn't try to do anything more than what his role is, being a rebounding, being a defender, and obviously he was able to block 13 shots tonight."

With such a huge night, there's no question King's performance turned some heads in the ACC, and with King being a native of Tobacco Road and coming from the heartland of the ACC, schools like Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State are sure to take notice.

"Carolina recruited me and former UNC coach Matt Dougherty always said that if he would have stayed another year, he would have offered me a scholarship, but Duke didn't recruit me," King said. "When I go back home, I am going to show people that you missed out on a good thing. I am going to bring it."

Although having the game of his life to date, King would like to improve in areas of his game before heading to Tobacco Road to take on the schools from his hometown.

"I really want to get some confidence in my hook shot," King said. "I want to face up cause I am so much lighter and want to take people off the dribble, but it's too clutterd down low as we all see. I also want to get confidence back in my free throw shooting. In high school, I could shoot free throws. Here, it's just a confidence thing. I work before the game for a long time. Everyone has put in their input to stop the extra movements and today I hit one and that made me feel good. I was smiling. I was looking like Shaq at the line. I even had my mom calling me asking me what's going on."

Regardless of the areas he wants to improve in his game, he is the king of the hill at Miami and is forever etched in Hurricanes and ACC history.

"I am feeling really good right now," King said.

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