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Incoming Freshman Jamel King Officially Signs with WVU Basketball



(Photo courtesy of Jamel King)

After announcing his commitment to West Virginia last week, incoming freshman Jamel King has officially signed with WVU basketball, the team announced Monday afternoon.

After originally signing with New Mexico, King (6-foot-7, 180 pounds) re-opened his recruitment earlier this month and quickly decided on the Mountaineers. After the announcement, King told WVSN he was looking forward to playing for WVU coach Bob Huggins.

“I feel like I fit West Virginia because Bob Huggins, he’s a future Hall of Fame coach,” King said. “I feel like he can develop me, push me and make me become a better player. Make me become the best player I can possibly be.”

In a statement Monday, Huggins complimented King’s combination of size and skill.

“We think Jamel is a guy with a really bright future,” Huggins said. “He has size, but he also has the agility and skill level of a smaller player on the court. We look forward to him getting to campus this summer.”

King averaged 16 points, four rebounds and two assists playing for Bella Vista Prep in Scottsdale, Arizona last season. He is originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and played for Paul Bryant High.

King is the latest skilled big man Huggins has added to the program in recent years, following forward Jalen Bridges in 2019 and center Isaiah Cottrell in 2020. King is WVU’s third 2021 recruit to sign this offseason, joining guards Kobe Johnson and Seth Wilson.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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