King Leaving Duke After One Season

By Josh Herwitt - March 31, 2008

When Mike Krzyzewski recruited Taylor King last year to come to Duke, Blue Devil fans thought they were getting another McDonald's All-American to go along with a stellar freshmen class that already included Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith.

But the 6-foot-6 guard-forward won't be sticking around Durham, N.C., much longer after announcing Monday that he's decided to leave the university.

The Huntington Beach, Calif., native who played at Mater Dei High saw the court in 34 games this season and averaged 5.9 and 2.0 rebounds per game before finishing with 43 three-pointers and shooting 38.7 percent (43-for-111) from long distance.

Obviously, though, King wasn't happy with his playing time at Duke, where Singler started for much of the season and Smith saw a good amount of time off the bench.

"Taylor is a solid young man and has the ability to be a good player," Krzyzewski said. "We support him in his decision to transfer and wish him the best of luck in the future."

King, on the other hand, averaged only 9.7 minutes per game -- not the kind of numbers that most McDonald's All-Americans earn even in their first year at the collegiate level these days -- and had just two 20-point efforts. One of those came back at the beginning of the season against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 25, when King knocked down nine of his 14 shots, including 6-for-11 from three-point range, and finished with a game-high 27 points in the win.

Now possible future destinations for King look to be USC, where he'd be back close to home, eight-time West Coast Conference champ Gonzaga or Big East member Villanova.

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 03:02 PM on March 31, 2008
Comments (1)


One thing about King that became abundantly clear as his high school career wore on is that he's not capable of being "the man" on a team. He's a blender player - a very good one - who's much better off with good talent around him.

Put some good offensive players around him and he can shine, because then he can show off his passing ability and more easily get shots in the flow of an offense. Even then, I highly doubt he'll ever live up to the McDonald's All-American label, which will make more people wonder if his commitment to Duke didn't help him get selected to play in the Burger Game.

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