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V.J. King

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Name: V.J. King

School: Louisville

Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: 23 (2016)

Birthdate: January 22, 1997

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio


- Parents Vincent and Lo King

- Says his father had the greatest influence on his athletic career

- Father played professional basketball in 10 countries 

High School: 

- St. Vincent-St. Mary

- Paul VI High School


- Has won 2 gold medals with U.S.A. junior teams (2013 FIBA Americans U16 and 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships)

- 2016 McDonald's All-American

- 2016 Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year

Twitter: VJKing13

Instagram: VJKing_

Height: 6'6.5 (Numbers taken from 2015 Nike Basketball Academy)

Weight: 189

Wingspan: 6'10

Injury History: Sat out Session 1 of Nike EYBL in April 2015 with back injury

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Was cited for underage possession of alcohol in a parked car - was given "internal discipline"

- Pitino said he is having trouble understanding defensive concepts

Freshman Season Stats: Through 8 games

- 7.8 PPG

- 2.9 RPG

- 42% FG

- 50% 3

- 83% FT

Position: SF

Greatest Strength: Athleticism

Greatest Weakness: Experience

Athleticism: 9

Aggression: 7

Speed: 8

Strength: 5

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 6

Switchability: 7

3 point shooting: 6

Jumpshot: 6

Ability to finish at the rim: 6

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 6

Passing: 6

Rebounding: 8

Motor: 8

Touch: 7

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 6

Steals: 6

Blocks: 6

Pick and Roll: 

- King is incredible at creating space off ball screens

- Defensively, he is so quick he can show and recover

- He will be an elite ball screen defender because of his long arms, long strides and athleticism

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Immature - plays out of control

- Freak athlete

- Rebounding - grabs some incredible rebounds - he is agile and can soar

- Solid shooter with good touch on floaters

Game Analysis: 

Game 1:

- vs. Purdue

- #3 Carsen Edwards

- #14 Ryan Cline

- #5 Basil Smotherman

- #12 Vince Edwards


- Good rebounding positioning boxing out on offensive glass

- Great defensive rebound - NBA play

- Uses right ball screen at left 45, pulls up for jumper - miss

- Poor closeout on corner 3 - gave up 3 when he was nearby

- Catches in transition at left 45, spin move right into lane and throws up a prayer floater before he even squared up - out of control, but the athleticism is there

- Catches in transition left side again, drives and misses left handed layup - long strides

- In a man-zone, leaves his man (simply a mistake) to guard already guarded player - gives up wide open lane

- Bad alley-oop pass behind Mitchell

- Good roll off the ball screen but couldn't handle easy pass and then missed left handed layup

Game 2:

- vs. William & Mary

- #11 Michael Schlotman

- #23 Justin Pierce

- #5 Greg Malinowski

- #41 Jack Whitman

- #10 Connor Burchfield

- Catches left 45 3, one dribble right into heart of zone then floats it in - bouncy

- Catch and shoot left corner 3 - hits

- Gets lost twice on screens on one possession - doesn't know if switching or showing and recovering 

- Catches left 45 3, ball screen right, gets into lane and hits FT line jumper

- Gathers impressive offensive rebound off missed FT above defender boxing out with one hand

- Catch and shoot right corner 3 - hits - good stroke

- Catches left 45, stutter step, gets to hoop but misses bank shot - explosive and long

- Catches straightaway, dribbles left, hesitation, gets into lane and misses 2 handed floater leaning left 

NBA Comparison: Terrence Ross/Andrew Wiggins

Current Ability: 5.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 8

Projected Draft Spot: Mid 1st Round

Opinion: Pure potential. He has insane hops to gather impressive rebounds, a good shot, long strides, and freakish bounce. King needs more minutes or another year of college to show what he can do in extended time, but he has the athleticism to be a very good NBA player. Based off his athleticism alone King is a lottery pick. I give Andrew Wiggins as his comparison because he is the only other wing midrange scorer I can think of that displays King's level of athleticism.