Committed Over: Kobe King committed to Wisconsin over offers from Drake, Green Bay, Iowa State, Marquette, Northern Iowa and Portland. He also has been hearing from California, Creighton, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
Rated: King is currently a four-star prospect, the No.21 shooting guard in the country and the No.96 overall prospect in the country by Scout.com.
On Film: I will be perfectly upfront and honest here, I love Kobe King's game. In fact I wanted him higher, much higher in the 2017 rankings, but not everyone is in agreement with me so he landed still as a ranked four-star prospect. With that in mind, I think he has a chance to really rocket up the rankings over the next 12 months.
King is a tremendous scorer, and he does it in an efficient way. He scores going to the rim using the dribble, he hits from three, and he doesn't need a lot of work from others in order for him to get open. Just his ability to score with the size to defend multiple different positions makes King someone who I feel has a world of potential and an outstanding player once he gets to the college level. – National Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow
Recruiting Impact: If Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig decide to stay for their senior seasons at Wisconsin (Hayes especially), the Badgers will have four scholarship available to them in the 2017 recruiting class. Considering the number and the current uncertainty with the coaching situation, landing a player like King early is good for UW … especially since he said he can’t see himself changing his commitment for any schools.
So what’s the Badgers’ plan for 2017? Well, it partly depends on if Wisconsin can land a point guard in 2016, namely JaQuori McLaughlin, a four-star prospect who is taking an official visit this weekend. If UW lands him down the road, UW will focus on shooting guards and centers. If UW can’t land a solid point guard in 2016, the position becomes a huge focus in 2017 with early playing time being an early selling point.
The only other known offer out in 2017 is to Apple Valley (MN) five-star shooting guard Gary Trent, who is ranked the No.14 shooting guard in the country and has offers from every blueblood around. Even with associate head coach Greg Gard’s connections and success recruiting Minnesota, it’s not happening.
While there aren’t too many “bigs” known to be on Wisconsin’s radar, keep an eye on Richmond (Ill) Burton standout Joey St. Pierre. Once rated as high as the No.12 center in the 2017 class, St. Pierre has previously visited Madison and views UW highly.
Quotable: “I’ve worked on everything since July, take everything my coach and the UW coaches say critically about my game and turn it into a positive, realizing that’s something I can get better at. I just work every day to get better and be as good as I can.” – King
Final Thought: With the uncertainty surrounding the retirement of head coach Bo Ryan (the initial decision to leave after 2015-16 only to open the door in repeated interviews since), many would think recruiting would be a challenge for Ryan and his staff when it came to selling high-valued prospects. In the case of King, the situation never really came up.
“I’m all about the program,” said King, who said his relationship with the staff, especially Gard, has strengthened since being offered in July. “I would honestly be surprised if Bo left after this season. If he does, they have such a great program, great atmosphere and great team. It didn’t affect my decision too much. I know Coach Ryan will still be around if he retires, and I have a great relationship with Coach Gard.”
After visiting Wisconsin on Saturday, his second unofficial visit in as many weeks, King knew Sunday that Wisconsin was the school of choice.
“The (latest) visit sealed it,” said King. “I just knew it was the place I wanted to be. The tradition of winning, having gone to two straight Final Fours, the atmosphere and how they develop their players is what I’m looking for.”
King plays for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, the same AAU program that has given the Badgers played like Sam Dekker and Koenig. If King turns out anything like those players, Wisconsin will have landed a massive early in-state score – just like they did with those two above-mentioned players.