In Travis Steele’s introductory press conference he said he intended to hit the recruiting trail the next day. He did that, landing player after player to fill in the gaps in a roster losing four seniors and, now, Kaiser Gates. Today, Steele kept his hot streak going. Thanks in large part to assistant Jonas Hayes, Xavier got a commitment from 24/7’s composite 60th ranked player in the nation, Elias King.
King is a 6-8 small forward or combo guard out of Lincoln Academy in Georgia. Right now, he’s at his best on a catch and shoot or attacking the rim, which is not uncommon for someone coming to the college level. King can shoot reasonably well and create his own shot when going to the rim. Whether he can develop enough to create space for himself on the outside remains to be seen, but early signs are encouraging. What he can do is score at a high level.
Just as importantly, King comes with a college ready body. Unlike recent recruits who may have need to trim the fat a bit or add some muscle, King comes in ready to go physically. He’s not as solid as Naji Marshall, but he’s not slight either, weighing in at 200 pounds. In all, King is an elite level recruit. He’s at least a four star no matter who you ask, and he’s solidly in the top 100 recruits in the nation. This isn’t just a nice piece, this is a potential star.