Former Lake Clifton standout King begins practicing with G. Washington 1997 All-Metro swingman qualifies, might play Sunday

December 31, 1997|By Lem Satterfield

Michael King, a former first-team All-Metro performer at Lake Clifton High, began practicing with the George Washington basketball team yesterday and could play as early as Sunday's Atlantic 10 opener against La Salle.

King, a 6-foot-5 swingman, signed a letter of intent with the Colonials last winter but did not meet the NCAA's freshman eligibility requirements. After qualifying, King left St. Thomas More Prep School in Oakdale, Conn., and enrolled at George Washington, said GW sports information director Brad Bower.

King averaged 21.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a senior last season for the Lakers (18-5), who were runners-up to top-ranked Southwestern for the City title and Class 4A North region title.

King chose George Washington over Big East schools Georgetown and Providence, and also over offers from Central Connecticut and Minnesota. He cited "a chance to play in an up-and-coming conference like the Atlantic 10" and wanting "to stay close to home so my family can see me play," with the opportunity to play alongside former Lakers guard Shawnta Rogers.

King and Rogers were teammates on the Lake Clifton's 1995 Class 4A state champion squad. Rogers, a Colonials junior, also did not qualify at the school until midway through his freshman season.

Pub Date: 12/31/97

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