Joey King Shines in Second Varsity Game

Joey King, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound sophomore forward from Eastview, scored 21 points in his second varsity game to lead the Lightning to a 52-41 win over Chaska. King, who is considered one of the state's top players in the Class of 2012, transferred from Eagan to Eastview and will had to play JV basketball until last week. GoldenSports.Net caught up with King to learn the latest.

Joey King attended the Gophers' game versus Stephen F. Austin and Minnesota associate head coach Ron Jirsa watched one if Eastview's JV game earlier this season. King played for the Minnesota Southside AAU program, which had a strong spring and summer. They finished 26-10 overall and won the 2009 Minnesota 15U AAU State Championship and the North Dakota Hoopsfest. They also participated in the 15U AAU National Tournament in Clarksville, TN.

King was happy to get a big win at home versus Lake Conference opponent Chaska.

"It was a good game. My teammates played well. I'm just looking forward to the next game. We're not .500 yet, so we just have to keep it going."

King went up against a quality big man in Jake White, who has offers from Northern Iowa and Wichita State. He felt that it was a good test for him and his team.

"Chaska is a good team. Jake is a junior, so he'll have another year ahead of him. He'll make a lot of progress and their team is doing really well right now."

King admits that he was excited about the prospect of playing varsity after having had to sit out a year with the transfer.

"Since transferring from Eagan, it's been a whole year and stuff. It took me a little while. I was practicing with the JV and everything. The last few weeks I have been getting ready and I think that I am ready to play again."

King failed to score in his varsity debut against number one ranked Eden Prairie last Friday. He got in early foul trouble and wound up fouling out, but the Lightning defeated the Eagles 56-512, giving them their first loss. However, King said that his play was not he had hoped for."

"I was a little bit disappointed with my performance."

King is working hard to improve himself as a player and is doing whatever is necessary to get better.

"Just don't miss a practice. Really work on my ballhandling and obviously, keep shooting and work on my post moves."

King is focused on this season and didn't want to talk much about recruiting and but he told GoldenSportsa.Net previously that he was hearing from Minnesota, Indiana, Colorado State, South Dakota State and Northern Iowa.

King played for the Eastview B squad football team as a wide receiver.

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