Paul VI forward VJ King had his dream come true on Feb. 10 when he received his McDonalds All-American jersey which officially stamps his ticket to the McDonalds All-American game.
“Man this feels so great to be able to put this jersey on,” King said in an article by USA Today. “I mean it almost feels unreal. I know that when I put the real one on next month it’s gonna feel even crazier. I’m just excited.”
The Louisville commit is ranked as the 26th best player in country and rated a five-star by ESPN. In his final season playing basketball with Paul VI, VJ is averaging 24.3 points, eight rebounds, and three assist per game. King have scored 30 or more in five games. He scored a season high of 35 points against Word of God on Dec. 5 and North Bullitt on Dec. 20.
In the last four games, King is averaging about 23.7 points per contest. King has helped Paul VI to a 15-8 record and 8-6 record in the WCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference). The Panthers are coming off a 87-78 win over Gonzaga on Feb.9. King finished the night with 27 points.
VJ King is not the only player from the area going to Chicago on March 30. DeMatha’s guard Markelle Fultz will be joining King at the McDonalds All-American game. Fultz received his jersey on Feb.5 when DeMatha played Bishop O’Connell. The two of them will also play in the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic on April 15 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Ryan McFadden is a freshman at Iona College and alumni from DeMatha Catholic High School. He is staff writer for Terrapin Station, the Ionian, and his is the founder of Inside The Locker Room. Follow him on Twitter @RMcFadden15.