Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Former Duke forward Taylor King has committed to Villanova, according to ESPN.com
The 6-foot-6 King had planned to visit USC and Gonzaga but pledged to the Wildcats after a weekend visit to campus. He will become the third McDonald’s All-American on the Villanova roster.
“It just couldn’t be a better fit for me,” King told ESPN.com. “It wasn’t about getting it over with. I wanted it. This gives me the best opportunity to start right away.”
A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., King played in all of Duke’s 34 games, averaging 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds while posting two 20-point games, including 27 points against Eastern Kentucky. He converted 38 percent of his 3-point attempts.
King won’t be eligible until the 2009-10 season, but should provide a nice shooting complement to former St. Patrick of Elizabeth star Corey Fisher, a pure point guard. Former St. Benedict’s standout Corey Stokes emerged as Villanova’s top outside shooter during the Big East tournament.
“I asked blunt questions, but I wanted everything they offered,” King said. “They laid down their game plan for me and I couldn’t resist.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.