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By Lauren Jones, DrewLeague.com
Drew League Team: Cheaters
College: Long Beach State University
High School: Mater Dei High School
Size: 6’5”, 196 lbs.
Cheaters Keala King earned Week 4 Player of the Week finishing with a double-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. After a tumultuous couple of seasons on the college basketball scene, this could be the spark King needs to consistently excel.
This past season (2012-2013), King transferred to Long Beach State University from Arizona State University. Due to off the court actions, King was dismissed from Long Beach State’s Men’s Basketball Team. Per NCAA rules, he was required to sit out for a period. Soon after becoming eligible, King proved why he was one of the top recruited players from Los Angeles in the class of 2010. He averaged 9.8 points a game at Long Beach State, shooting 43 percent from the field.
“Since then, I have cleaned up my act and moving forward I am trying to go the best path I can without getting in trouble,” said King. “It’s shaped me in a lot of ways – my character, maturity wise and my attitude when I come on the court.”
King says it is time to buckle down and grind, no more playing around. With his impressive stats, it is clear that if he can keep his off-the-court behavior under control, the young guard has a bright future ahead of him. As far as future plans, King is waiting to see what Long Beach State Head Coach, Dan Monson, plans to do.
“I still haven’t formally gotten my release from Long Beach State, so I am just waiting it out, but if things do not work out there I will look into other options like going D2 or playing overseas,” said King.
Like so many players in the Drew League, King uses basketball as a vehicle to express himself. He views his game as a work of art.
“I love getting my teammates open, penetrating to the basket, and rebounding,” said King. “I’m growing up as I play basketball and each game; I am leaving hard work, dedication, and leadership on the court.”
Lauren Jones is entering her senior year at USC majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Sports Media Studies. This is her second summer interning for the Drew League. Her career aspirations are to work as an esteemed sports journalist and eventually as a consultant for athletes in financial literacy, public relations and brand management. Her past experiences include interning for Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Clippers, BET Network, EAG Sports Management, and Nike EYBL.