June 3, 2008
VILLANOVA, Pa. - California native Taylor King has enrolled at Villanova after spending the 2007-08 academic year at Duke University, it was announced today. The 6-6 King, who averaged 5.5 ppg in 34 games for the Blue Devils last season, will out sit out the 2008-09 campaign as a transfer with the Wildcats and then have three years of eligibility beginning in 2009-10.
"We are thrilled to have Taylor King join our Villanova basketball family," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "We recruited Taylor out of high school and believe his year at Duke was an excellent learning experience for him. He will add great passion and personality to our team and campus."
Last season, King logged 330 minutes for the Blue Devils over the course of the regular season. He was 43-of-115 (.377) from beyond the 3-point arc and added 2.0 rpg and notched a season-high 27 points in 21 minutes of action in a November game against Eastern Kentucky.
King, a 2007 McDonald's All-American selection, stockpiled a long list of achievements during a decorated stint at Santa Ana Mater Dei High School. In his four seasons at Mater Dei, King scored 3,214 points, becoming only the fifth player in state history to go past the 3,000 point plateau. He also established the career scoring record for Orange County and drained more than 300 3-point field goals. As a senior in 2006-07, he was named California's "Mr. Basketball", a second team Parade All-American and was a member of the 2006 U18 USA Junior National Team that captured a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men.