N.C. State's new staff is working hard on recruiting five-star Class of 2018 wing Louis King as head coach Kevin Keatts and his staff have made him a priority.
The 6-foot-8 King is off to a solid start this spring running with Team Final in the Nike EYBL as he's playing with another five-star talent in wing Cameron Reddish. Keatts made sure to watch King on multiple occasions this weekend during the second April Live Evaluation period.
The new coaching staff has also been aggressive with King on the phone as they try to build a relationship with him.
"I've been talking to Coach Keatts for almost a week now. We've just been talking about how Dennis Smith went there and he was killing the game and I can be like him and go top five in the NBA," King said of N.C. State.
King acknowledged that he is still learning about N.C. State but he did see some of the campus when he was younger.
"I just know Dennis Smith went there. I visited there when I was younger when I went to the CP3 camp. But everything else, [I don't know]," King said.
Still at an early point in the recruiting process, King mentioned that Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Oregon, St. John's, Seton Hall, Syracuse and UCLA were also hard after him as he's hearing from a lot of coaches so far this spring.
"What matters to me first is education. After that, the NBA," King said.
So far, King has been impressive this spring in his debut in the Nike EYBL. King is averaging 17.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game as he's shown much more than being just a talented scorer. Playing alongside a top-five talent like Reddish has also helped King open up his game.
"Me and Cam have been playing together since we were little, so it's easy for us. You know we're going to go out there and show out," King said. "Basically me and Cam both run the show. It doesn't matter if I run the point or he runs the point, we're going to get it done."
King doesn't have any immediate visits planned, although he might try to check out UCLA for an unofficial visit during the EYBL's stop in Los Angeles over Memorial Day. There are no plans to cut a list just yet as King plays out the rest of the spring with Team Final.