The Minnesota Golden Gophers had many questions coming into the season, but they actually looked impressive in their first game against Lehigh. Joey King is one of the team’s newcomers, but can he emerge as a scoring threat?
King led the Golden Gophers with 20 points. Andre Hollins, last year’s leading scorer, was not too far behind. Hollins scored 18 points in the game.
Minnesota desperately needs its frontcourt players to emerge early on in the season. King did not wow us with his rebounding abilities or anything like that, but he was a very reliable player on the offensive side of the ball. King had one rebound in the game.
I am sure Hollins will lead the team in scoring, but King showed that he could be a a very reliable scorer this season. Lehigh may not be the best team in college hoops, but shooting 6-for-10 is shooting 6-for-10. King also knocked down a couple of threes, which should be the case all season long.
King was a 34.7 percent shooter from behind the arc in the 2012-13 season. He may stand at 6’9”, but he can definitely sink the long ball.
The next step for King is for him to produce against a tougher team. That will be key all season long and especially when Minnesota starts Big Ten play.
The Golden Gophers will play Montana next on Nov. 12 and it will be interesting to see if he can still be a threat on the offensive side of the ball. I think he can be one of the best scorers on this team, but I doubt he will average 20 points a game.