Joey King on Gophers' Radar

One of the top juniors in the state is 6-foot-9 Apple Valley (Minn.) Eastview forward, Joey King. caught up with King to discuss his recruitment, his recent trip to the University of Minnesota and his progression as a player.

When the Gophers played Michigan on February, 26th, one of the top players in the Minnesota high school basketball ranks was in attendance. Six-foot-9 forward, Joey King of Eastview High School looked on, watching Minnesota fall to the Wolverines. Despite the loss, King enjoyed his visit.

"It was awesome," he said. "I always like going to the games." He went on to say that, "I've got a really good connection with coach Jirsa so we talked after the game."

This attention from schools like Minnesota is due to the success King and his high school teammates have had this season.

"We are 20-4 and have our final regular season game tomorrow. We win, we got the conference championship," King said.

On the year, he is averaging an impressive 18 points and seven rebounds per contest.

When asked what he can bring to a college team he responded, "A 6'9 forward who can handle the ball, shoot the 3, post up, drive to the basket and defend."

Despite having a strong skill set already, King said he is still working on his game to get ready for the jump to the college level.

"With me it's all about getting more athletic and quicker," King said. "When I improve those things and then add them to the skills part of my game I should be ready."

This set of skills to go with King's impressive size has gotten him increasing interest from, "Minnesota and Wisconsin the most, and then Marquette, Boston College, Santa Clara, Colorado State and Iowa…and there are other schools that I talk to on a regular basis too."

When asked what he is looking for in a college he said, "Great coaches, a place where my mom can come watch as many games as she can because she loves watching my games, and I guess just the school I feel most comfortable and enjoy being at."

Who does King name as his early leader?

"Probably Minnesota," he said. "That's who I'm very comfortable with right now."

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