VJ King establishing himself as Akron’s next prodigy

Saint Vincent Saint Mary in Akron, Ohio is known by most as the high school home to LeBron James, but he is far from the only talented high school hooper to come out of the small downtown school. D-1 talent is pumped out of the Catholic school on a yearly basis, especially since the Akron city schools decided to cut freshman and junior varsity sports (a decision that was later overturned) back in ’06. Many players have donned the gold and green since LeBron back in the early 2000’s, but none have carried as much hype as 6’6 freshman VJ King.

Moving to Northeast Ohio with his family from Charlotte, King came to SVSM with two years of varsity experience. You see, he played varsity ball as a 7th and 8th grader at United Faith Christian Academy under former Hornets lead guard Muggsey Bogues against elite competition, giving him a significant leg up on the majority of the freshman class. In addition to his varsity background, VJ has a very polished game that includes an array of moves off of the dribble. The lanky wing can create for himself (and others) with ease, utilizing ball fakes, smooth footwork, and a nice handle to create separation for his most lethal weapon: His jumpshot. King has a fluid release that he’s able to get up over most defenders and has no problems shooting the rock with his feet set, on the move, or off the bounce. Much of this dates back to his time at UFCA as a middle schooler, where he was often used as a kick-out option for Florida point guard Braxton Ogbueze. VJ utilizes his size on the defensive end too, getting out in the passing lanes for deflections and serving as a helpside shot-blocker in the paint.

The son of a long time overseas pro Vincent King Sr. has basketball in his bloodline and no one better to learn from than his Pops. The younger King already sports offers from Iowa State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Charlotte, and UNC-Greensboro with schools such as North Carolina and Kentucky already making themselves involved in his recruitment.

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