King Gets Look at UNC

V.J. King got a close look at Chapel Hill this past weekend, which may mark the launching pad for his Tar Heel recruitment. The No. 13 prospect in the 2016 class made an unofficial visit that included the UNC-Duke game on Saturday.

King made it to campus around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. He said he stopped by shootaround, grabbed a bit to eat, went to UNC’s museum and spent a lot of time with UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson.

“It was fun,” said King, who attends Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI. “I got a chance to see the main part of the basketball facilities and a chance to see the museum. The game and the atmosphere, it was crazy to see all the people and what kind of atmosphere they had. It was fun to be apart of it.”

What about the trip stuck out to King, a 6-foot-6 wing, the most?

“The fan base and the support the school gets with that type of game,” he responded. “Every seat was filled.”

Paul VI coach Glenn Farello added: “I know one of the things V.J. told me was he impressed with the family atmosphere that they had.”

King said during the game he hung out with UNC targets and fellow elite 2016 prospects Harry Giles and Dennis Smith. The rest of the time, King was with Robinson. He gave King a tour, plus discussed the next step in UNC’s recruitment of him.

“I was with Coach Robinson the whole time,” King said. “He showed me around. He spent a lot of time with me considering that type of game. I noticed that myself. I got a chance to speak with Coach Williams a little before shootaround.”

“[Robinson] said this is a building block to start our relationship with Carolina because I haven’t really been in contact with them too much,” he added. “He said Coach Williams hasn’t seen me play but they are going to come and see me in spring and build this relationship.”

According to Farello, King has also been to Connecticut, Virginia and Georgetown during the season.

“He’s just going through the process,” Farello said. “He’s not on a short time frame at all. He wants to make sure he focused.”

“I don’t have a specific list on the table for a decision,” King added. “I’m not close.”

King will play with Team Takeover on the spring and summer circuit. He averaged 18 points and nine rebounds a game during his junior season.

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