Skagit's Justin King inks with Thompson Rivers
Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team has got a whole lot better in a hurry. Head Coach Scott Clark is pleased to announce a major signing. 21 year old guard Justin King of Las Vegas, Nevada has agreed to join the WolfPack program beginning this fall.
King is coming off an all-star campaign with the Skagit Valley Community College Cardinals of the Northwest Association of Community Colleges. The 6’4” graduate of Liberty High School led the Cardinals to a 12 and 4 record this past season while averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds. For that, he was named the NWAACC [Northern Region] Most Valuable Player. The Cardinals went to their league tournament where they finished third.
“I’m very excited about moving to a new country,” said King, who was a second team “All Nevada” All-Star his final year of high school where he averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds. “ I hear the people of Canada and Kamloops are very nice and easy going. I’m looking forward to helping TRU improve its men’s basketball program.”
King describes his strengths as the ability to drive to the basket, draining fouls and having a great mid range game.
Clark scouted King at the NWAACC playoffs this March in Kennewick, Washington. “ I had a great game when he saw me,” said King. “ I had 25 points and four rebounds.”
“He can do it all,” said Clark of his latest signing. “ He can shoot, rebound and do a lot of things. He is also a proven winner. He is an impact guy.”
“I had seen Skagit Valley play once or twice during the season doing some recruiting,” said Clark. “I ran into their coach (who also coached current WolfPack Chas Kok) Roger Valentine. We talked about Justin. Once I saw him I thought he would be a great prospect.”
King gets high praise from his past coach . “Justin King was our toughness this year,” Valentine explains. “ He plays bigger than his size of 6’4”. He isn’t afraid of anyone on the court and is very strong. He was able to guard quickness on the outside and also defend other team’s bigs inside.” Valentine adds that King rose to the level of the competition and was team captain leading by example rather than any verbal comments.
“Justin makes everyone better and is a solid teammate, “he states. “ He understands the game and was true to his word about helping our team get to the NWAACC tournament.”
Skagit Valley was King’s second post secondary stop. He started the 2009-10 campaign with Southwest Oregon Community College. He had verbally committed to NCAA Division II Central Washington, but when some credit hour issues came up, King changed his mind and decided to come to Canada.
Clark says that Kok’s experience with him at SFU and now TRU played a factor in King deciding to come north. “Because of that, the Junior College coach pushed Justin onto us and we are very fortunate to have him coming here.”
Adds Valentine: “You are fortunate to have him and he will help make your team a contender.”