USC: Taylor King

Taylor King no longer coming to USC

August, 24, 2010
It looks like Taylor King won't be a Trojan after all.

The former Santa Ana Mater Dei, Duke and Villanova forward announced earlier this month that he had decided to transfer to USC, but internet reports surfaced over the last several days questioning whether the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Orange County native would end up actually attending USC.

Those reports were confirmed Tuesday morning.

"As far as we know, Taylor King is not planning to come to USC," a spokesperson for the basketball team said.

King, 22, averaged 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game last season, coming off the bench for most of the year as Villanova's sixth man. He then left the team in June following a reported violation of team rules.

It is currently unknown whether King will choose another Division I school and sit out the upcoming season, transfer to an NAIA school and play immediately or give up basketball altogether.

Reports: Former Mater Dei star Taylor King transferring to USC

August, 11, 2010
USC basketball head coach Kevin O'Neill has apparently secured another key transfer for the future.

Ex-Villanova forward Taylor King, of California prep basketball fame, has decided to transfer to the Trojans, according to multiple reports.

At 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds -- and possessing a lethal stroke from three-point range -- King would give the Trojans the outside shooter they lacked last season.

But he also brings along some baggage. King, 22, left Villanova in June for a violation of team rules and was in jeopardy of missing the Big East tournament for personal reasons. He averaged 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Wildcats while coming off the bench for much of the year. As a true freshman at Duke, he averaged 5.5 points in fewer than 10 minutes a game.

King had planned to visit USC when he initially chose to leave Duke in the spring of 2008 but never came, instead committing to Villanova after taking his first visit there.

"I feel like I'm starting with a clean slate," King told Wednesday. "I felt so burnt out."

After four record-setting years at Santa Ana Mater Dei, King went into the books as the fourth-highest scorer in California prep history. He was named the state's Mr. Basketball following a senior season in which he averaged nearly 27 points per game.

Per normal transfer guidelines, King would sit out the upcoming season at USC and join the squad alongside fellow transfer forward Aaron Fuller for the 2011 season. Junior college center DeWayne Dedmon is also slated to begin play with the Trojans at that time, giving O'Neill three upperclassmen to add to his frontcourt.

The Trojans are also heavily relying on a transfer this season; former Fordham guard Jio Fontan, who transferred to USC last December, is expected to start in the Trojans' backcourt when he becomes eligible in December.



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