BOULDER – University of Colorado men’s basketball head coach Tad Boyle and his coaching staff announced Monday they have signed George King, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound forward from San Antonio, Texas to a National Letter of Intent. King will be a freshman at CU beginning of the 2013 fall semester.
King will be one of four true-freshmen on the Buffaloes team that will also feature a pair of redshirt-freshmen. He joins fellow freshmen Tre’Shaun Fletcher, Jaron Hopkins, and Dustin Thomas. The incoming class also features redshirt-freshmen Wesley Gordon and Chris Jenkins, both sat out this past season.
“He can rebound, block shots, shoot and defend,” Boyle said of CU’s latest addition to the roster.
Boyle also said CU was “kind of late to the party” in recruiting King, who conceded he was a “late bloomer” and didn’t start attracting major attention until late in his senior season and went through the April signing period unsigned.
During his senior year, King averaged 16.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in leading the Brennan Bears to a 39-3 record and an appearance in the 4A state semifinals. He shot 60 percent from the field and was named both TABC All-State and District 28-4A MVP. As a senior he recorded 25 double-doubles and had two 20-20 games with 23 points and 20 rebounds against Warren (Nov. 12) and 20 points and 20 rebounds against Lanier (Jan. 29) including 12 rebounds in one quarter.
King was an all-area selection as a junior.
"They believe in me and I believe in them,” King told Rivals.com on signing with the Buffaloes. "I've only been to Colorado a handful of times and it was my first time in Boulder," he said. "I knew I liked it as soon as I stepped foot in Boulder. It has a beautiful campus, really nice people.”
“They have a really good coaching staff, the players and I really clicked. I got up and down with the guys and got a good feeling. (The coaches) like that I'm good sized, I'm skilled, that I can shoot and that I have a lot of potential."
CU returns two seniors (Ben Mills, Kevin Nelson) on the 2013-2014 roster; along with three juniors (Askia Booker, Spencer Dinwiddie, Beau Gamble); and four sophomores (Xavier Johnson, Josh Scott, Eli Stalzer, Xavier Talton).
By the end of the summer, the Buffs will have graduated three student-athletes (Jeremy Adams, Sabatino Chen, Shane Harris-Tunks). Andre Roberson, who had one more year of eligibility remaining, declared for the NBA Draft on April 28.
2013-2014 COLORADO MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWCOMERS
Tre’Shaun Fletcher (Wing • 6-6 • 195 • Tacoma, Wash./Lincoln HS)
Wesley Gordon (Forward • 6-8 • 225 • Fr. • Colorado Springs, Colo./Sierra HS)
Chris Jenkins (Forward • 6-7 • 180 • Fr. • Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit HS)
Jaron Hopkins (Guard, Multi-Purpose • 6-5 • 185 • Mesa, Ariz./Dobson HS)
George King (Forward • 6-5 • 205 • San Antonio, Texas/Brennan HS)
Dustin Thomas (Combo Forward • 6-7 • 210 • Texarkana, Texas/Pleasant Grove HS)