King Enters UNC Radar

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jonathan Williams III might get the most hype of rising juniors in the city of Memphis, but his AAU teammate Nick King is a star as well. King, a 6-foot-7, 214-pound small forward out of Memphis East (Tenn.), is the other half of the Memphis YOMCA 16U two-headed monster.

In fact, with "J3" having fouled out of the Peach Jam championship game earlier this month, it was King who scored the game-winning bucket with half a second left in overtime. Simply put, the wing is a big-time player and one who has the attention of many big-time programs.

At the AAU Super Showcase, King said that he has offers from Memphis, Georgetown, Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, Texas, and Oklahoma State. He is also hearing from North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Marquette, and others.

"I'm gonna break down my school list when I get back or when the [AAU] season is over or before ... my school season," King said.

Memphis, Arkansas, Auburn, Texas, and Georgia are the schools that the Bluff City star said are recruiting him the hardest. Auburn is the only he has visited thus far.

"I went up to a basketball camp at Auburn, they just took me around school before the camp," King said.

Although he does not have any other trips planned, King has a few schools in mind he wants to visit.

"I would like to visit Texas, Georgia and UNC," King said. "And Memphis, but you know that's where we stay. ... My house is about 45 minutes from Memphis."

King, who does not have a timetable for a commitment, confirmed that UNC is indeed a school he is interested in.

"Of course the rivalry between North Carolina and Duke," he said of what appeals to him about UNC. "That's one of the best [rivalries]. I watch every time they play."

King said he has been in touch with UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson from UNC.

"Most recent time [we spoke] was last week, right before we left" King said. "I think it was the day before we left, which was Wednesday."

As for what the two discussed, King said, "He was like, he's basically gonna be watching me ... He said they're recruiting me tough and they're gonna be down here."

What has UNC told King about what he would needs to do to get an offer from the Heels?

"They didn't tell me what I need to do," King said. "They said there's a good chance of me getting an offer though."

King said that he has not discussed taking a visit to Chapel Hill with the staff yet.

UNC has a fellow Memphis native on its roster in Lesle McDonald, but King also knows some future Tar Heels.

"I know Leslie and I just came from the LeBron camp and I played with J.P. Tokoto and Marcus (Paige) and they're committed," King said.

Tokoto, Paige and King were not only teammates at the LeBron James Skills Academy; they were teammates on the squad named 'North Carolina,' which won the camp championship.

King, who said there is no player he compares his game to, gave his thoughts on his game.

"Strongest part of my game is my versatility," King said. "My weakness is my confidence in going to my off [right] hand ... I can do it, but I just always go to my strong hand."

A long wing at 6-7, King has good size as well as strength, considering his build. He is a big-time athlete who can finish with authority and, simply, makes plays. Some of what King does is quiet, but he can really produce. He has a superb all-around skillset and looks to be a kid who can develop into a high-level defender if he puts his mind to it. He is one of the best wing prospects in the class of 2013 and has terrific upside.

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