Brooklyn Swingman Has D-1 Interest

Reporter Brian Towey has a story on Brooklyn swingman Rasheem King and where his recruiting process stands ...

It is plain to see that for Brooklyn (N.Y.) Xaverian, Rasheem King wears many hats. And that is exactly why his coach likes him.

"I've never coached kid that I've asked to do so many things," said Xaverian coach Jack Alesi of the 6-foot-4, 185-pound senior swingman. "He is one of a handful of kids in the city who can affect a game in so many ways. He rebounds, guards the other team's best player, brings the ball up."

King's versatility is the trait that Alesi feels will make him especially useful to a college program. But it's his selfless attitude that his coach regards as out of the ordinary.

"He's a unique kid; he never puts himself before the team," said Alesi. "As a college prospect, he can play the 1, 2, or the 3. He can play all five positions, and he guards. He always guards the other team's best player. And without a complaint."

"Whatever (Alesi) needs me to do (I do)," said King. "When you look out for everybody else, it comes back to you."

King lists Manhattan, George Washington, Central Florida, Florida Atlantic, Quinnipiac, Central Connecticut, and St. Peter's as interested parties, with an offer from Manhattan.

"I'm going to wait (before I decide)," said King. "I just took the SAT (on Dec. 6). I'm going to wait and see how I score and play out the season."

His coach believes it will be worth the wait for college coaches.

"He's a throwback player who plays the game the right way," said Alesi. "I think he's going to make some Division I program very happy."

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