With Miles “Deuce” McBride almost assuredly off to the NBA, West Virginia has bolstered its roster for the upcoming season with the commitment of 6-foot-8 swingman Jamel King.
— Mel☄️ (@jking_3510) June 24, 2021
King, who previously played for Paul Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, moved to Scottsdale, Arizona at the beginning of 2020, and at the same time reclassified from the 2020 class to that of 2021.
Playing at Bella Vista Prep, King attracted the attention of a number of mid-major schools, as well as Arizona State, USF, Wyoming and others before committing to and signing with New Mexico in November of 2020. However, after a coaching change in the Lobo program, in which Paul Weir was replaced by Richard Pitino, and some questions about his scholarship situation, he rethought that decision over the spring and summer, and received a release from his scholarship in early June. He is now slated to join West Virginia for the 2021-22 season, and is expected to start the enrollment process shortly at WVU.
As a senior at Paul Bryant, King averaged 23 points and six rebounds per game. After reclassifying and moving on to Bella Vista Prep, he became an excellent member of what has quickly become an excellent post-graduate development program. After starting their basketball program in 2018, the Bears have produced some 15 Division I athletes and won championships in multiple events.
King has excellent length and runs the court well. His spot-up jumper from the perimeter is released a bit low, but if he has a bit of space to let it go, he is usually quite accurate. He also drives the ball quite well for his height and should be a threat to attack the hoop in college, as he shows the ability to take defenders to the bucket and score over them.
King joins fellow incoming freshmen Kobe Johnson and Seth Wilson in this year’s Mountaineer class, and provides some additional height – and hopefully some scoring punch – to what will be a retooled 2021 roster.