King opens eyes at CEC

V.J. King

He didn't have an easy assignment in his first game, but V.J. King more than held his own and opened up some eyes at the Chicago Elite Classic.

Living in the state of North Carolina as an eighth grader V.J. King played varsity basketball and built quite a name for himself. Now Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary, King is a star freshman who really opened up eyes with his play at the Chicago Elite Classic.

For his first game as a true high school basketball player King didn't have an easy assignment. The 2016 star was forced to guard Ohio State commitment and four-star prospect Keita Bates-Diop. King did an admirable job against Bates-Diop, and helped his squad to a win.

"It feels good to get the first win out of the way," said King. "We can build on this. We just have to continue to get better."

He continued, "I am just trying to do anything I can to help us get a win. It isn't about me. We have a bunch of good guys. I want to win a state championship, and I am doing everything I can to get wins and win a state championship."

Despite it being so early in his high school career, King has already racked up a handful of scholarships.

"Ohio State, Wisconsin, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, and Iowa State," said King of the schools that offered.

The Ohio State offer came while he took an unofficial visit to the school, and he says that trip went very well.

"It's a great campus," said King. "They have a great family atmosphere there and they have a great group of coaches. They welcomed me in and treated me well. It was a good time."

One interesting thing for King is he has significant roots in two different states, Ohio and North Carolina. In fact King couldn't even say which place he would consider "home".

"I would say I am from Akron and North Carolina," said King with a laugh. "They are both my homes. I can't pick a side. They have both done me good and are both great places."

It is too early to say exactly where King stands in regards to his peers, but one thing is for sure he is going to be recruited at the absolute highest level with his combination of size, athleticism, and skill.

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