The Duke bound senior carried Mater Dei throughout the game, though his effort wasnt enough for a win. Early on, he missed two three point shots, but then went to work in the post and hit a tough shot on a spin move with his back to the basket. King continued to show off his ability to hit shots off the dribble, and made a difficult driving 12 foot jumper while being fouled. In the second quarter he went on a flurry from behind the three point line, even hitting one from well beyond NBA range. Despite the Artesia defense keying in on him in the fourth quarter, King still managed to make it close down the stretch.
King has great polish to his game, and should contribute to Duke already as a freshman. He understands how to free himself up, and constantly moves off the ball looking for open spots. Though he doesnt get enough credit in this area, Taylor Kings mid-range game remains quite underrated. He puts the ball on the floor at this level with ease, and displayed the ability to pull up and hit mid-range shots with either hand against Artesia. He rarely gets all the way to the basket, but is deadly enough as a scorer from everywhere else on the floor to make up for it.
The biggest struggles at this point for King come on the defensive end, where he lacks the athletic ability to really be a presence. He could help himself greatly be exerting more effort in this area, and more of a focus on his positioning would also help. Coach K should benefit King greatly in this area, however. Many people who have watched King have been quick to label him as essentially being the same player he was in 7th grade, so it will be interesting to see what kind of progress he will make in college.
King will finish his high school career ranked as one of the top 5 scorers in the history of the state of California. He has all the tools to turn into a standout offensive player with a couple years at Duke, and his shooting ability will certainly get him a lot of looks from NBA teams down the road.