North Carolina is among the schools showing significant interest in King, a 6-foot-6 wing in the 2016 class out of Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI.
“I’ve been offered by everybody, but Duke and North Carolina,” King said. “I’ve been in contact with North Carolina, but not Duke. I’ve pretty much been talking to everybody.”
UNC watched King practice in the pre-season and assistant coach Hubert Davis watched him play on Saturday at the National High School Hoops Festival.
“I was supposed to go down and go see them, but I was so busy in the offseason,” King said about the Tar Heels. “I’ve been talking to Coach [Steve] Robinson. That’s who I’ve been talking to.”
King said North Carolina’s staff hasn’t discussed offering him a scholarship yet, but said the Tar Heels are one of the programs he plans to visit in the spring. King said North Carolina’s history of success is a selling point for him.
“Tradition,” he responded when asked what he liked about the Tar Heels. “Coaching staff and the way they play. Their history speaks for itself. I’m definitely interested in a school like North Carolina.”
To date, King has taken unofficial visits to Connecticut, North Carolina State and Ohio State.
“In the spring I’m going to go to four schools,” King said. “I’m going to go to Louisville, Kentucky, Florida and North Carolina.”
On the court there has been one big change for King this year. He transferred from Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent St. Mary to Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI.
“I’m adjusting well,” he said. “There are great people around me to help me get adjusted. I’m really adjusting now.”
“I’ve been playing well,” he added. “Not as good as I can. But I’ve been improving every game. That’s the good part.”
At 6-foot-6, King has good size for a perimeter player. A pretty good athlete, King has an impressive scoring package. He’s a good shooter from three, can make mid-range pull-ups and on Saturday against Oak Hill he had a handful of finishes on drives to the rim.
What does King consider his strengths?
“Rebounding, defending, playing my game, scoring and just doing everything,” he responded. “Anything that coach needs me to do. I’m at my best when I’m locked in.”
King is currently regarded as the No. 12 overall prospect in the 2016 recruiting class.
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