Peach Jam: Memphis YOMCA claim 16U title on buzzer beater

15 Jul

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

It’s not often that you get a second chance at a game-winning basket in a championship game, but that’s exactly the situation that was facing Memphis YOMCA forward Nick King with .5 seconds left in overtime of the Nike Sweet 16 Finals.

The Class of 2013 four-star small forward had just seen his first game-winning rattle in and out but then he caught a break.  The rebound was successfully secured by Greg McClinton of the CP3 All Stars but there was one slight problem with the board – McClinton was out of bounds.

Take-two went far better for King as he successfully caught a lob and put in his shot just before the final buzzer sounded.  It’s a good thing that it did because King convinced his coach to run the play for him.

“The coach said we had to run some other play but I said to throw the lob, I told the coach that I got it,” King said after the 74-73 win.

The 6-foot-7 215-pound small forward isn’t short on confidence when talking to his coach about last second plays or when assessing his play.  After going for 19 points and 12 rebounds in the final, he has reason to be proud of his accomplishments.

“After the first game I bounced back and I dominated,” said King.  “I did what I had to do for us to win.”

He’s also aware of the parts of his game that he needs to work on before taking his act to the next level.

“I need to work on going strong right,” said King.

“I can go, but it’s my confidence level,” King explained.

“I also need to work on getting faster because I know I’m going to play the 2 or the 3 in college.”

So where might King end up playing college basketball?

“Memphis, Georgetown, Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Georgia have offered me right now,” King said.

King also seems to have a very wise outlook on the recruiting process for a kid about to enter his junior year of high school.  He seems less concerned about style of play and more interested in what the school can do for him for the rest of his life.

“I’m just looking for a school that is going to benefit me even if I don’t make it to the NBA,” said King.

“I’m looking for a place that will help me after my basketball life.  I can do whatever the coach tells me to do.”

King hopes to cut his list after the July recruiting period ends.

“I told my mother that when all of this is over, the Peach Jam, the Showcase, and Nationals, that I want to eliminate the schools that I know I’m not going to.  Before my senior year is when I want to make my decision.”

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