Heels Showing More Interest in King

North Carolina is off to a terrific start with its 2013 recruiting class. With commitments from power forward Isaiah Hicks and point guard Nate Britt in hand, the Tar Heels are looking to add an elite wing to that list.

Roy Williams currently has offers out to Troy Williams and Jabari Parker. But UNC now appears to be showing more interest in Memphis (Tenn.) East wing Nick King.

"It's going great," he said of his recruitment. "North Carolina is starting to come in hard."

King said there were talks of UNC seriously entering his recruitment prior to the season. Instead they waited to see him in game action.

"At first I don't think their interest was really high because they told me they were coming to a practice or workout and they didn't show up," King said.

"The last time we played Melrose the day before the game my coach told me that the assistant coach from North Carolina called to say they were going to be at the game. I wasn't expecting Roy Williams to be there and Roy Williams showed up at the game."

What did he think of UNC's head coach making an appearance?

"At that point I was like, they are really interested in me," he said. "They haven't verbally told me that they've offered me yet, but I believe it's coming."

"They just sent a letter in the mail that was handwritten the other day," King added. "They said they enjoy watching me play and want to come back and see me again."

While Carolina is jumping in, Memphis has been recruiting King since day one. In fact, King said Memphis has made it clear where he is on their list.

"They have made me their No. 1 priority," King said. "They are good people."

King said he's been to a Memphis game this year. The only other visit King has been on was to Auburn for their elite camp this past summer.

"I went to a camp at Auburn just to go play basketball and they took me on a visit of the school, but I didn't really think of it as a visit," he said.

"It was nice," King said of the visit. "They showed me their new facilities and everything. It was nice."

King - who currently has scholarship offers from Memphis, Georgetown, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Marquette, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M - said he will get serious about the recruiting process this summer.

"I haven't really gotten a visit scheduled yet, but I know I'll have some coming soon this summer."

"Right now I'm just playing and any school that comes into the picture comes into the picture," King said. "I really haven't thought about colleges yet. Towards the end of the season I'm going to sit down with my parents and break it down to five schools, see which ones I want to visit and go from there."

On the court, King describes himself as a versatile, do-it-all forward that can play inside and out.

"I'm doing what the team needs me to do," he said about his junior season. "I'm playing outside and inside. I'm mostly playing on the inside because nobody can match up with me on the interior. If I get a big man on me I'm going to take them outside. But I'm doing great."

With the ability to play a few positions, where does King see himself in college?

"Right now I can basically play the one through the four," King said. "On the next level I'm probably more of a shooting guard or small forward."

"The best part about my game is my versatility," he added. "I can play outside or inside. I can shoot the ball with range because I practice shooting from deep and I can get to the rack with ease."

King, who said he's working to improve his ball handling, checked in at No. 11 overall in Scout.com's recent 2013 rankings release.

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