By LARRY VAUGHT
Lincoln County sophomore Emma King will join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK (102.9 FM) Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. to talk basketball.
She is rated as one of the state’s top sophomores. She added a scholarship offer from Florida earlier this month to go along with one from Kentucky and Louisville has been extremely involved in her recruitment even though the Cardinals have yet to offer a scholarship.
King who averaged 15.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last year while shooting 40 percent from the field and 75 percent at the foul line.
She likes Mitchell already.
The Lincoln standout played for Kentucky Premier during the summer for the first time. That’s a Nike sponsored team and every major college coach comes to the EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball League).
“A lot more people get to see her play this summer,” Eric King, Emma’s father, said.
Emma said the attention was a bit “overwhelming” after her summer play and was something she had not experienced.
“People are telling me I am really a good player. I don’t really know what to say to them,” she said. “All this recruiting attention has not really sunk it yet. I have offers from Kentucky and Northern Kentucky. People ask me all the time where I am going to college. But I have a lot of things to think about. It will end up being where God wants it to be.”
Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell cannot comment specifically on King but he does think after being around SEC basketball for 17 years that the state of Kentucky is producing more elite players.
“When I first got in the league at Tennessee and Florida, there were a lot of really good players from the state at different places. There were kids kind of sprinkled throughout the league,” Mitchell said..
“I thought late 90s, early 2000s was a really good time. And then we hit a streak where we were producing some very good players but there wasn’t this depth that there is now. I mean, I think we’re back into a cycle of where there’s a really good depth in the Commonwealth of Division I players. It’s a good time even as you look down through the 19 and 20 class, there’s some really good players in the state.
“So I do, I think it’s a good time for the Commonwealth for girls basketball.”
I agree and one of those “really good players” is King and she’ll talk to us about her upcoming season, her college options and more Thursday on WPBK-FM.
You can also listen at wpbkfm.com.