|Freshman||6’9″ 205||Small Forward||Oregon||DOB: 4/6/99|
|13 ppg||5.3 rpg||1.3 apg||FG: 43.5%||3 PT: 38.6%|
Strengths: Outside Shooting, Size, Athleticism, Shot Creation
Weaknesses: Strength, Quickness, Consistency
As a five star recruit King came to Oregon with plenty of expectations but he was on the lower end of the rankings for five stars by most services, leaving the possibility that he could be a multiple year player at the college level. King showed off a versatile offensive skill set in his freshman year, making plays around the basket and knocking down three point attempts. His outside shooting was impressive for a first year college player at his size, averaging 38.7% for the season but many scouts expect that number to improve as he becomes a more consistent shooter. At 6’9″ he has good size for a wing, and his length is solid at over 7 ft., giving him the measurements that teams look for in a small forward. As an athlete he will fit in from day one on the professional level being able to run the floor well, and jumping with more than enough bounce to throw down some highlight dunks. King came off of screens to get open looks, and also created his shot off of the dribble using a crossover that will work well at the next level. Finding open spots on the floor is something he did consistently being ready to catch and shoot at any moment, which when you take into account his shooting ability, translates well to the spacing in the NBA. While there are questions about his quickness, he did take college players off of the dribble when driving to the basket, and he has a crafty scoring ability around the hoop that he should be able to get off at the next level. His offensive game translates well to the professional level, and as long as he continues to improve his outside shooting King could be a steal if he is taken in the later parts of the first round.
Defending on the perimeter is an area that he can be very effective in as a pro, using his size, athleticism, and length to disrupt dribble penetration and block shots. There are questions on the defensive side of the court, with some scouts believing that he will struggle to deal with quicker players on the wing, and his lack of lateral quickness could cause issues when creating off of the dribble as well. Nonetheless, he was able to be effective on the college level in both regards, and he should be able to figure it out going forward. King will need to add some strength to better defend bigger players on the wing at just 205 pounds, but this will not be seen as a huge concern considering he will be spending most of his time on the perimeter. He got a late start to the season due to a torn meniscus from his high school days, and it took a while for him to become comfortable against the increased competition, but once he did he immediately became a big piece to Oregon’s roster. There were some down games as with most freshman, and teams would have liked to have seen some more dominant scoring performances. With that said there was talent on Oregon’s team and King played unselfish basketball which can at times lead to box score numbers that do not tell the full impact a player has on the game. As a passer he can improve and look for teammates more often, and the spacing in the NBA should give him plenty of opportunities to set teammates up after driving to the basket.
These two clips show his ability to pull up and knock down an outside shot:
King gets swallowed up by the screen here allows Louis King to dribble in to a jumper. UW’s defense went as its ball screen defense went. Oregon resorted to a ton of ball screen sets shortly after they realized it was an area they could exploit. pic.twitter.com/cAsUnCMCk4— Badger Film Room (@BadgerFilm) March 28, 2019
King is viewed as a potential first round pick and the pre-draft process feedback will either solidify his position, or cause him to come back to school next season hoping to become a lottery pick in next years draft. With that said, his size and skill set should allow him to receive positive feedback keeping his name in the draft. His ceiling as a professional is a starter level wing, possibly becoming a go to offensive threat for a team, being a high level scorer and a solid perimeter defender. The worst case scenario for King is that he is unable to score at a high enough level to earn starter minutes, causing him to play in a limited role coming off of the bench.