Five-Star VJ King Planning UVa Visit

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When interviewed by several reporters following last Saturday morning’s session of the Nike EYBL in Hampton, Paul VI (Fairfax, VA) small forward V.J. King said “nothing has really changed” in terms of his recruitment. The 6’6”, 195-pound junior boasts an impressive list of scholarship offers, but at this point he has yet to narrow the extensive list that includes Arizona, Connecticut, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Virginia, among others.

King didn’t disclose much in terms of possible favorites, saying: “It’s a whole bunch of schools I’m looking at. I try to stay away from giving out lists because I don’t want to leave anyone out.”

We do know, however, which schools he has been to at this point. The list includes Connecticut, Georgetown, North Carolina, Ohio State and UVa. King has yet to take any official visits – look for those to come this fall because he has not yet taken the SAT – but does plan to make some unofficial trips soon, including one to UVa. He was in Charlottesville earlier this year to see the Hoos take on Louisville.

“It wasn’t a visit. It was just for a game. I go on a visit (to UVa) I think towards the end of May,” King said.

King discussed the Virginia program and head coach Tony Bennett.

“I like their system. I like what they do. I’m in a lot of contact with them,” King said.

“[Coach Bennett] came to a couple of my practices. He’s just a genuine guy. Not really talking about basketball, but just asking how I was doing, how my family was and everything. He’s just a genuine guy. He’s a nice guy to talk to.”

King was asked about Maryland and its recent 5-star class of 2016 commitment, Diamond Stone.

“Oh yeah, since they pick up a big-time player like [Stone], it’s definitely a boost for their system,” King said.

King helped Team Takeover to a win over Boo Williams in the morning session last Saturday. A back injury sidelined him for most of the weekend, though. Getting healthy is obviously the top priority, but once healthy King hopes to help Team Takeover to a Peach Jam championship.

After attended St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, OH), King transferred to Paul VI for his junior year. In 2014/2015, he averaged 18.5 points per game while leading Paul VI to the VISAA Division 1 state championship game.

“It was definitely a great