Ohio State Offers V.J. King

By Jason Priestas on May 17, 2013 at 4:57a

V.J. King, a 6-6, 182-pound small forward that led his St. Vincent-St. Mary team in scoring and blocked shots as a freshman, is someone you will soon be hearing more about. On Thursday, he was offered by Thad Matta and the Buckeyes, who have plenty of time to convince King to become a member of the school's 2016 class.

Already holding offers from a slew of Big Ten teams, including Ohio State, King is considered one of the top ninth-graders in the nation and the best at his position by at least one scouting service. King led the Fighting Irish to a Division II state runner-up finish, averaging 15.9 points and 5.1 rebounds along the way, and fairly or not is already being compared to another former St. Vincent-St. Mary star, none other than LeBron James.

“Honestly, we knew when we moved here that the comparisons to LeBron were inevitable,” King's father Vince told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I mean, he goes to St. Vincent-St. Mary, in Akron, Ohio, and his last name is King. It doesn't take a lot of imagination. But, when you are compared to LeBron James, you have to take it as a compliment.”

Weeks after graduating from St. Vincent-St. Mary, James was selected No. 1 overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. A collective bargaining agreement signed in 2006 forces players to be 19 years of age and at least one year removed from high school to be eligible for the draft, so unlike James, King may have to make a pit stop at Ohio State before moving on to the NBA.


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Golden Buckeye's picture

"Weeks after graduating from St. Vincent-St. Mary, James was selected No. 1 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft"
Might be a typo there on the year LeBron was drafted.

BuddhaBuck's picture

Saw this kid play in this year's State Championship game... Natural talent who's only going to get better.

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AJBor41's picture

Definitely a different player than LBJ, as his jumper looks more developed as a frosh.  Hope we see him in scarlet and gray in a few years.

Dayton Buckeye's picture

Can't believe he is only a freshmen. Go get him Thad!

EazyElmo's picture

I love me some football but I need my basketball fix. More basketball updates please. And finally, Ohio H.S. is producing some major talent again. Loving this year, Tate coming in next, Bragg, Kennard, and King hopefully coming in the following classes. Good times for high school basketball in Ohio again

brandonbauer87's picture

I usually find the need to pick apart a basketball recruit, but this dude looks like the real deal. He looks talented and fundamentally sound. That's a rare combination for a 9th grader. 

tdible2132's picture

Wow what a coincidence that his last name is king and he goes to SVSM.  Some things in life you can't even dream up lol

captain obvious's picture

Its not fair to compare him to Lebron who was a manbeast as a Freshman in high school

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cal3713's picture

Funny to think that LeBron would have played for OSU if he had graduated from high school after 2006.  That would have been fun.

WiliestBuckeye's picture

If Lebron would have went to OSU we would have won a championship, and no one can convince me otherwise. Lebron James> Carmelo Anthony

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I doubt LeBron would have gone to Ohio State. Even if he had, they weren't going to win the championship. Carmelo was fantastic at Syracuse.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

LeBron has stated on record that he would have went to OSU, and they almost certainly would have won a NC

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

That was when he was in the NBA. Before that it was the University of Akron or where ever.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Buckeyejason's picture

Lebron James? I think this kid has Kevin Durant written all over him!


sharks's picture

LeBron can state whatever he wants on the record, but I doubt sincerely that he would have had the grades/test scores to play B1G ball.  They alluded to it for the briefest instant in that awful documentary about him and the other guys who played with him in HS and now carry his luggage for him for a living or whatever.
"Weeks after 'graduating' from St. Vincent-St. Mary, James was selected No. 1 overall ..."

A man got to have a code...

Nick's picture

STVM is a good school if he can graduate from there he can hack it at OSU.

sharks's picture

I'm a St. Edward grad, and if you think star athletes are held to the same academic standards as the rest of us at these sports-centric private schools, we'll have to agree to disagree.

A man got to have a code...

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Looks like he's got great size, a really nice shot and passes the ball well.  He's still young so had time to put on some additional muscle.  It does look like he's got some really good potential!  Hope we get him!
Go Bucks!!