Elite small forward V.J. King returns to action after back injury sidelined him at Nike EYBL

Elite small forward V.J. King returns to action after back injury sidelined him at Nike EYBL

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Elite small forward V.J. King returns to action after back injury sidelined him at Nike EYBL

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V.J. King was back in action for Session 2 at the Nike EYBL. / Jon Lopez

V.J. King was back in action for Session 2 at the Nike EYBL. / Jon Lopez

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Northern Virginia small forward V.J. King, ranked No. 19 overall in the ESPN60, was back on the court for Session 2 of the Nike EYBL after he sat out Session 1 two weeks ago in Hampton, Va., with a back injury.

King, who plays for Team Takeover (Washington, D.C.), attempted to play in two games in Hampton before shutting it down for the weekend.

Saturday in Lexington, he had 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 10 rebounds, five steals and two assists in a 71-56 win over Team Texas Elite.

Among those watching was Louisivlle staff member David Padgett. King said the Cardinals have been “very involved” in his recruitment.

King, who attends Paul VI High School, declined to list all the teams recruiting him because he said he would be bound to leave someone out, but he said he plans to narrow his list “very soon.” The U of L trip is the only official visit he has scheduled.

“They want me to come in and have an immediate impact,” King said. “That’s what they told me.  Playing the two/three spot, coming off high screens and creating, making plays.”

King said he’s in contact multiple times each week with Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson, a former assistant at Paul VI and a former coach and administrator for Team Takeover.

“We’ve gotten really close, and we definitely have a great relationship,” King said. “If there’s somebody I’m talking to, I’m talking to him from Louisville.”

As for Kentucky, King said he hears from the Cats once or twice a week, with head coach John Calipari as his main contact on the staff.

“They haven’t really said a whole lot about what position I’ll be playing,” he said. “You hear a lot about the players that go there, but you just never know.”

Calipari and assistant Kenny Payne were also at the EYBL event at the Kentucky Basketball Academy on Saturday, but while King played, they spent the entire time the next court over watching five-star Arkansas guard Malik Monk.

Of his potential role in college, King said, “I just want to come in and try to contribute, do what I do best, get teammates involved – I’m not a selfish player; I score the ball well – just have a chance to compete for a national championship, whatever it takes, whatever Coach wants me to do.”

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