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Memphis Lands Verbal Commitment from 2013 Forward Nick King

Memphis Tigers head coach Josh Pastner continues his focus on landing in-state talent, and more importantly, stars that are emerging from the city itself.

On Monday morning, the Tigers landed their second verbal commitment for the class of 2013, striking gold with one of the nation’s top recruits, Nick King.

King joins fellow 2013 commit Markel Crawford as part of the Tigers’ recruiting class. Both King and Crawford are hometown products of the city of Memphis.

At 6-foot-6, King will head to Memphis by way of East H.S. (TN). ESPN lists the small forward at No. 28 overall within the class of 2013, while Rivals pins him at No. 23.

The ability to land both Crawford and King, showcases Pastner’s importance on the city of Memphis. A number of other, in-state targets remain on the Tigers’ watch list for a 2013 class that will surely grow over the course of the next year.

King burst onto the national scene last summer (2011), really cementing his ability and recruitment among many high-major programs. Monday’s decision, which came in favor of the Tigers, was made after late consideration from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Texas.

Not only is King’s commitment a big lift for the Tigers’ future, but Pastner also has New York City-product, Chris McCullough on campus today for an unofficial visit. McCullough is widely considered one of the top prospects from the class of 2014.

King’s decision was announced during a press conference at the school’s library. He ran with the Buff City Legends on the AAU summer circuit.


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