TOC: Taylor King Spotlight

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Taylor King realizes he made his initial college commitment too soon. He went with the easy local choice without considering the other options available to him across the nation. One such opportunity is at North Carolina, and he'll be taking an unofficial visit to the UNC campus on Monday, after the conclusion of the Tournament of Champions this weekend.

In the opening round game Friday night, King's Southern California All-Stars cruised to an easy win. King, a rising junior from Santa Ana, Calif, demonstrated his niche – he's a shooter.

While he doesn't have the elite level of athleticism or the ball handling skills of some other top tier wing forwards, he's arguably the best shooter in the class. And that alone is more than enough to make him a coveted prospect.

The southpaw showed off his range by hitting his first two three-point attempts on the night, followed by a quiet second half and a final stat line of 13 points (5-9 fg, 2-4 3pt), three rebounds, six assists and three steals.

King made it clear postgame the type of style he wants to play at the college level.

"Run, quick, up-and-down," he explained, noting that coaches envision him playing the wing forward or wing guard spot. "[Carolina], Villanova, Duke – what I saw on TV last year was they like to push it, like to run, go all out. I saw that every time Duke or North Carolina got a chance to push the ball, they did."

Also mentioned beyond those three were Gonzaga, Arizona, Southern Cal and UCLA (though the Bruins seemed like more of an afterthought at this point), and he admitted many more schools are possibilities at this point as well.

Before his freshman year at Mater Dei, King had already made a commitment to UCLA. Two years later, he was ready to start all over again.

"I thought it was the right decision for me and my family," he said of his early commitment. "It was close to my house, the weather and school is great.

"But I saw all the other schools and coaches kept on calling me and I was talking to my high school coach and family and I just thought [decommitting] was the right decision for me and my basketball career."

The lesson he learned from the first time through the process is clear.

"[I've learned to] take my time," King said. "I have a long time to think about it. I'm only a sophomore, going to be a junior."

So don't expect a decision in the near future. And next up on the docket for King after the weekend is the visit to the Chapel Hill campus.

"I'm actually going for an unofficial on Monday after the tournament to meet with the coaches and stuff like that," he said.

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