Nick King to Memphis: Tigers Land Coveted 4-Star Recruit

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 27, 2012

Four-star college basketball recruit Nick King has made his decision and will attend the University of Memphis in 2013, according to The Commercial Appeal's L. Jason Smith via Twitter:

It's Memphis for Nick King. Puts on a Tigers hat to roar from crowd here in school library.

— L. Jason Smith (@TheCAJasonSmith) August 27, 2012

King, a 6'7" small forward out of Memphis, Tenn., is one of the top prospects in the country in the Class of 2013.

The Memphis East High School star had received offers from Memphis, Texas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt before making his decision on Monday.

King is a talented perimeter scorer with an excellent shooting touch that will no doubt translate to the college level. 

In addition to providing a scoring boost in college, King will also be a significant presence on the boards. He averaged 15 rebounds per game during his junior year in 2011, helping lead Memphis East to a state championship.

King is the 23rd-ranked 2013 prospect, according to, and among the handful of top wing players who will enter college next year.

Although not many experts have compared King to former North Carolina small forward Harrison Barnes, his size and skill set remind me a lot of the NBA rookie. 

Both players have a solid jump shot and smooth release, but struggle at times to create their own offense. On the defensive side of the ball, both players can play tremendous individual defense and help out on the glass. 

King's basketball future remains to be determined, but the most likely scenario is that he develops into one of the nation's best perimeter players in the coming years, helping lead Memphis to big things. 


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