Continuing our Wisdom of Crowds, we move on to our wing players and 6’6" 230 lb redshirt-sophomore transfer, Taylor King. Use the voting buttons in the right margin of the VUHoops home page to predict the number of minutes you think King will play, and the comment section if you want to explain your thought process. We’ve provided below King’s minutes per game and other stats from his freshman year at Duke (2007-08) year as well as his player assessment.
Jay Wright: "King has played big-time games with Duke, so he’s been there. He’s gotta step up and be a more consistent upperclassmen."
Villanova.com: Sat out the 2008-09 campaign after transferring from Duke. A prolific scorer ... Blessed with a soft touch and deep range. 2007-08: Averaged 5.5 ppg for the Blue Devils while appearing in 34 games ... Matched a Duke freshman record with six 3-point field goals en route to 27 points in a Nov. 25 victory over Eastern Kentucky ... The 27 points were second most in the ACC in 2007-08 scored by a reserve ... Made his collegiate debut with a team high 20 points against N.C. Central on Nov. 9 ... Became just the fourth player in Duke history to score 20 or more points in his debut ... Connected on 7-of-12 field goal attempts for a game-high 18 points against Michigan on Dec. 8 ... Fared well in his only Philadelphia appearance, scoring 15 points in 12 minutes at the Wachovia Center against Temple on Jan. 9, 2008 ... By doing so he became the first player in Duke history to lead the team in scoring despite playing the fewest minutes in a game ... Recorded six double-digit scoring games. SANTA ANA MATER DEI H.S. His 3,214 points are fourth most in California Prep history ... Also grabbed 1,224 rebounds ... Named California's "Mr. Basketball", second team Parade All-American and McDonald's All-American in 2007 ... Averaged 26.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game as a senior.
Blue Devel Nation Supplement: As a sixth-grader King already was playing in pickup games with UCLA players.. "Coach Howland said he wanted to make Taylor the youngest recruit ever to UCLA," said Steve King. By the end of his sophomore year, Taylor King called Howland and told him he'd like to reopen the recruiting process and committed to Duke in his junior year.
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