2016 Intro: V.J. King

One of the best players in the class of 2016 is Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary product V.J. King. The 6-foot-5 wing player is having an excellent spring for the King James Shooting Star, and continues to emerge on the national radar.

"We are really bonding as a team," said King. "We have won some big tournaments. We won in New Jersey and in Dallas, and now we are looking forward to the Peach Jam. This team allows me to make plays and it is fun."

King had a very impressive freshman year, and now he feels that he is improving.

"I feel I am getting a lot better," explained King. "I am in the weight room every day working to get stronger and that has helped me attack the rim more. Also I have been working on my fundamentals and keeping my handle right."

Schools such as Ohio State, North Carolina, Iowa, Xavier, Indiana, Virginia, Connecticut, Kentucky, DePaul, Kansas, Arizona, Wisconsin, Baylor, Stanford, and many others are all showing King early interest.

According to King, the level of attention he was getting really started to hit home when head coaches began stopping by in April to watch him play.

"One of the games Thad Matta was there, and then Roy Williams came in. I was like 'wow,' because I had never played in front of him before," King explained. "It is just fun to have all the coaches watching us."

Though King lives in Ohio now, he spent some time in North Carolina (Charlotte) during middle school.

"UNC, they came and saw one of my open gyms," said King. "I don't know too much about their program. I know my dad has been in contact with them a little bit, but I am not really paying too much attention to that right now."

King has had the chance to make an unofficial visit to Ohio State, and he came away impressed with the Columbus campus.

"I've been there for a visit and it is a great campus," said King. "The coaches really stood out to me. You can get in the gym whenever you want there, and it is just a great place."

For now King isn't giving too much thought to his college decision, but the attention has made him decide that he has to work even harder.

"It is a great opportunity for me," King explained. "I know I have to keep getting better and keep working hard."

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