Given the late departure of Andre Roberson to the NBA, the Colorado Buffaloes found themselves with a semi-unplanned scholarship to fill. The last guy that Colorado added late in a recruiting cycle from the San Antonio area seemed to work pretty well (Roberson), and the Buffaloes landed another on Friday evening, as 6′-6″ wing George King of Brennan (TX) pledged in news first reported by William Whelan of BuffStampede.com.
King was the player of the year in the San Antonio area, but still relatively unsung nationally before blowing up in the spring. He was spotted by Colorado head coach Tad Boyle at the Mile High Classic two weekends ago in Denver playing for the Danny Granger D1 Ambassadors, and interest followed quickly after King’s stellar performances.
Just two weekends ago, the most prominent scholarship offers that King held were Weber State, Northwestern State, Northern Colorado and Long Island, he told Hoopniks.com.
After seeing him in Denver, we wrote:
Based on King’s play, it’s clear he’s a high-major talent, which makes it no surprise that he’s garnered new interest from UTEP, Colorado State, Northern Iowa, and several others based on his recent play. King has the look of a Big-12 or Pac-12 wing forward, and one could expect his list to expand before it gets smaller.
In his last game of the event, King went off for 32 points (including five 3-pointers) which occurred in front of coaches from BCS-level and mid-major programs. It will be no surprise if he gains new offers from some of those onlookers.
King showed a well-rounded offensive game in addition to his outside shooting, as he had deft touch from the mid-range and got above the rim on several occasions. He was active on the glass, and plays larger than his 6′-6″ height.
Based on his performance throughout the weekend, King could be a valued addition to a BCS-level program at this stage in his development.
King joins a strong class in Boulder, with notable length and scoring ability. Arizona combo Jaron Hopkins, Washington wing Treshaun Fletcher and Texas forward Dustin Thomas will join King in the group. Also, Colorado just landed a pledge from in-state 2014 lead guard Dominique Collier.--------------------------------------------
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