Cease us if this sounds acquainted. A defense-first guard who takes satisfaction in stopping the opposition earlier than worrying about what number of factors he scores.
Mike Anderson definitely has a kind, and his first dedication in his 2022 recruiting class matches the above description.
Florida guard Kolby King picked the Johnnies on Monday, selecting the Queens faculty over Illinois, Dayton, Appalachian State, Murray State, Cincinnati and Texas Tech, amongst others, he advised The Put up.
“What made me determine, to begin with, was Mike Anderson. He made me really feel at house over there,” the 6-foot-2 King advised The Put up. “The fashion of play matches me. They play with lots of aggression, are energetic on protection, fast-tempo. … I like how they push the ball up the ground. They get steals and deflections. They play that method with out no person trying over their shoulder in the event that they mess up a play.”
Assistant coach TJ Cleveland was King’s lead recruiter. St. John’s had been recruiting him for 4 months and was constant in its curiosity, drawn to his defensive mindset.
“That’s one of many specialties of my sport,” he stated. “I adore it, simply understanding I can lock up a participant.”
King’s offense is coming. He led the Beneath Armour AAU circuit in scoring at 19.6 factors per sport this summer season. He’s unranked, however Dave Roca, King’s highschool coach at Pembroke Pines, scoffed when requested if that was deserving.
“This child is a bottom-line winner,” Roca, a St. John’s alum, stated. “He’ll eat up all these guys [who are ranked ahead of him] defensively. He’s acquired the velocity, agility and quickness, and he actually understands the sport.”
Rob Cassidy, a nationwide recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, thinks King can be finest suited to begin his profession in a supporting position, however as he matures and develops, generally is a main participant for St. John’s.
“Kobe is type of a spark-plug man. He performs actually laborious. This can be a child who performs protection and may rating it on this stage,” Cassidy stated. “The query is how a lot is that this going to translate on the stage St. John’s is at. He can shoot it in spurts — I wouldn’t name him an elite shooter — however he can fill it up from deep. He’s going to offer you most effort, and that’s acquired to be what they actually like.”