Junior to Watch: Anthony King

Down 15-501, a junior post player is blossoming into a coveted recruit.

Anthony King, of Durham (N.C.) Southern, is 6-9, 240 pounds, averaging 16 points, nine boards and three blocks per game this year.

"My defense is the first thing you'll notice," King told Inside Carolina. "I go after a lot of shots and I get a lot of rebounds with my long arms.

"(On offense) I play mostly with my back to the basket - but I can face up a little bit too."

The local, and now national, bigtime basketball schools are taking note as King begins to realize his potential as a dominant bigman.

King said he is hearing the most at this point from (in no order): Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, UConn and North Carolina.

North Carolina coaches have been spotted at Southern's games this season.

"I think they are looking hard at me," King said of the Tar Heels. "I think they want me to continue to hustle more, hit the weight room and do more facing up and hitting the short jumpers."

The Carolina staff has also been following Southern closely because of senior wing David Noel. King's teammate will attend UNC this fall as a walk-on and will be a scholarship player thereafter.

"He's a great athlete, and he's a great motivator as a senior," King said of Noel. "He's a great role model, too. You always see him hustling, never standing around, always on the go. He's just a great guy overall."

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