By Matt Whitfield
Hyattsville, MD – The National High School Hoop Festival run by Keith Stevens and Team Takeover, was held last weekend on the court at DeMatha High School. The field was the strongest ever with national powers coming to play against the always loaded local field of the area. The action did not disappoint and neither did the play of 6-foot-7, 185-pound small forward V.J. King.
While there has been several players coming and going from the Paul VI basketball team this past year, one player head coach Glenn Farello is thrilled to have is Class of 2016 stud V.J. King. The former Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary’s star now teams with Syracuse-commit Franklin Howard, talented PF classmate Corey Manigault and ’17 prodigy Aaron Thompson on the talent-laden squad. King feels the new surroundings has elevated his level of play.
“I’ve gotten so much better being here [at Paul VI],” King said over the weekend. “I’ve gotten more aggressive with coach being in my ear all the time. I definitely feel like I’ve gotten three times better here.”
King, sporting a body that would fit right in on the gridiron, showed his effectiveness against the talented Oak Hill squad by connecting off the dribble and also on set plays getting to the basket.
King sports an offer list appropriate for the 5-star player that he is. Last year’s National Championship finalists, UConn and Kentucky, have both extended offers and King feels coach Calipari has made him a priority.
“I’d like to think so,” King said of his feeling that UK and Coach Calipari has him as a priority in the Class of 2016. “That’s at least what he tells me.”
Kentucky, and their start this season, certainly has King’s attention.
“He [Calipari] has been out a couple times…I’m definitely interested.”
“They’re a great program,”he said. “Like I sad before, they win games. They are top contenders every year and he produces pros, [that’s the] bottom line.”
While UK has his attention and he plans to pay a visit to Lexington this spring, King also indicated he hopes to visit Louisville, Florida and North Carolina this spring. He also counts offers from Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, UCLA, Ohio State, Syracuse and has “been pretty much offered by everybody”
HoopsIntel.com will continue to follow the recruitment and development of V.J. King as he will be one of the most sought after players in the Class of 2016 nationally. To get a glimpse of his talent, see the video below of him in action this past AAU season with King James Shooting Stars on the AAU trail:
Calling Big Blue Nation!!! See your Kentucky Wildcats in action this season in what could potentially be a historic season! Don’t miss your chance, including the big rivalry game: Kentucky vs Louisville. Get your seats today!
We’ll also add you to our mailing list. We’ll send out emails several times a week, notifying you of the latest updates and articles on the site.