Keala King An Instant Impact Performer At LBSU

        Former four-star wing, Keala King, disappointed not only Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek, but also scouts across the country in his freshman season back in 2010-11. While many counted him out prematurely, the 6'5" guard bounced back nicely as a sophomore, averaging nearly 14 points and 5 rebounds on 52 percent shooting from the floor. Had he stayed with Arizona State in combination with Trent Lockett transferring to Marquette, the door was wide open for King to hit the national scene again. But King will look to make an immediate all-conference-caliber performance when he is deemed eligible this December for the Long Beach State 49ers.

        With King, LBSU gets much-needed talent due to the graduations of its top three scorers who combined for about 42 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists per game. King brings a combo-guard skill set, able to handle the ball, hit the open jumper or take smaller guards into the post to finish at the rim. His perimeter shooting development is his most questionable trait right now (he did manage to shoot 39 percent from behind the arc, attempting just 31 shots from that range), but King should take advantage of the Big West's lesser overall talent and put up numbers that will catch scouts' attention.

By Staff Writer - 10 - 16 - 12