Top international prospect and 2022 center Fredrick King signed with Louisville on Thursday morning, just two days after committing to Chris Mack and the Cardinals. A native of The Bahamas, King’s recruitment took off after a stellar set of performances in the NBA Academy Games just over a month ago.
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— Louisville Basketball (@LouisvilleMBB) November 11, 2021
Here is what highly-respected NBA draft analyst Jonathan Givony had to say about King:
“King is a major success story for the NBA Academy, as he was an unknown upon joining the program in January, with zero Division I scholarship offers prior to being seen at the academy’s event in Mexico for the first time. He is a mobile big man who is quick off his feet and plays with an exceptionally high intensity level, while possessing intriguing skill, poise and maturity. He converted 77% of his field goal attempts at the Academy Games, many of which came on dunks, and 74% of his free throws.
King is young for his class, the same age as or younger than many high school juniors in the U.S. At one point he was deemed a candidate to take a gap year and enter college in 2023, but his strong play and aggressive pursuit by college suitors caused him to revisit those plans. He will enroll at Louisville as a 17-year-old and likely possesses considerable upside to tap into with his extreme lack of experience against high-level competition, putting him on a different trajectory than most big men in this class.”
Some more film on Fredrick King from breakout NBA Academy event in late September, where he went from complete unknown to highly recruited by several power-5 schools. pic.twitter.com/VHW3u8qQOq
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) November 9, 2021