The list keeps growing for VJ King.
King, a 17-year-old junior basketball standout at St. Vincent-St. Mary, received a scholarship offer from UCLA on Monday.
The UCLA offer adds to a growing list of major Division I schools that have shown interest in King, including Ohio State, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgetown, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
King, a 6-foot-7, 175-pound small forward, averaged 17 points, five rebounds and two assists per game as a sophomore for the Fighting Irish last season. He is ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the state and No. 5 high school small forward in the country by ESPN.
“He’s a very talented young player, but he’s still learning,” Irish coach Dru Joyce said. “He’s got to grow in some areas. Part of that is just being a leader. He does a great job with his work ethic. He just needs to become a better teammate. He’s not a real vocal kid, but if you can get your best player to be a little more vocal, it makes everyone around you better.”
Joyce calls King a “gym rat” who is “on a mission” for success that makes him receptive to coaching.
“He’s the kind of guy you want to have in your program,” Joyce said. “His skill set is very advanced for where he’s at.”
He was always ahead of the curve in terms of his skill level, but now King is starting to grow into his body. Joyce says King has put on between 15 and 20 pounds of muscle in the past year and is starting to truly recognize his athleticism.
“He’s got a very bright future ahead of him,” Joyce said. “He’s got more years of work, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll continue to work.”
King is traveling to Colorado Springs on July 24 to take part in a training camp for the Team USA 17U World Championship team. King was a part of last year’s Team USA 16U boys team that won the gold medal in Uruguay. If he makes this year’s team, he will be a part of a 12-man roster that will compete in Dubai for a world title.