Sunday, April 13, 2008
King had planned other visits, but decides on Villanova
By Dana O'Neil ESPN.com
It took Taylor King a season to decide Duke wasn't the right fit for him.
It took him less than 72 hours to figure out what did fit.
King, who had planned to visit Gonzaga and Southern Cal at the end of the month, committed on Sunday to transfer to Villanova after a weekend visit. He will enroll in June.
By NCAA rule, King won't be eligible to compete for a year. But he figures it will actually work in his favor. By the time King is ready to play, the Wildcats will have lost Shane Clark and Dante Cunningham to graduation.
"It just couldn't be a better fit for me," King said. "It wasn't about getting it over with. I wanted it. This gives me the best opportunity to start right away."
King played in all 34 games for the Blue Devils this season and averaged 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds.
The 6-foot-6 forward gives Villanova something it desperately needs -- a solid outside shooter. The Wildcats have good players off the dribble in Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher. But aside from Corey Stokes, they have been lacking in the spot-on shooting department. King made 38 percent of his shots from 3-point range.
"I asked blunt questions, but I wanted everything they offered," said King, who becomes the third McDonald's All-American on Jay Wright's roster. "They laid down their game plan for me and I couldn't resist."
Dana O'Neil covers college basketball for ESPN.com and can be reached at email@example.com