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Elite Class of 2018 prospect remains highly interested in Syracuse basketball

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He’s a prospect to keep an eye on.

Class of 2018 forward Louis King
USA Today High School Sports

Class of 2018 four-star forward Louis King is one of the nation’s most versatile players. He can do it all — whether that’s defending the other team’s best player or scoring in all facets of the game, King is one of a kind on the floor.

Syracuse has been in contact with King for quite some time, and the relationship he’s building with Adrian Autry has been developing and improving a lot.

“[Coach Autry] wants me to come visit,” King told Corey Evans of Rivals.com. “The last time I was up there was for the Syracuse camp last summer. I am going to try and take another visit up there around September.”

Syracuse hosts its annual Elite camp at the end of August. King could attend the camp, however it would likely be treated more as an unofficial visit. Proven prospects, especially with a scholarship offer, rarely participate. At that point the coaches know what they’re getting in said prospect.

Some of the other schools that King mentioned to Evans were Oregon, Kentucky, NC State, Louisville, Seton Hall, Maryland and St. John’s. He noted that an Oregon visit is likely due to his high interest in their program.

He’ll run with Team Final on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer, and expect Jim Boeheim at plenty of his games. He’s teammates with five-star Cam Reddish, another top 2018 target.

Standing at 6-foot-8, King is a hot commodity. Evans believes that Syracuse will be in it until the end in his recruitment.

As for some background on King, it’s been somewhat of a weird few years.

At one point, King was on his third school in three years. At the time, most thought this would directly affect his recruitment — but clearly it hasn’t.

And as for Syracuse, the Orange were the first major program to extend an offer. In fact, Jim Boeheim offered him before he played a second of varsity basketball.

King was on the junior varsity team at Roselle Catholic when SU extended the offer. That alone should tell you how much the staff thinks of his game.

The last prospect SU landed in which they were the first to offer? Tyus Battle — and things seem to be working out just fine there.

After attending Roselle Catholic, King transferred to Pope John — the same school as former SU signee Moustapha Diagne. Now he plays for Hudson Catholic, which is the same school as elite 2018 point guard prospect Jahvon Quinerly, who has an offer from SU.

For the Class of 2018, Syracuse has offers out to: Prentiss Hubb, Jahvon Quinerly, Brandon Slater, A.J. Reeves, Robby Carmody, Cam Reddish, Louis King, Hameir Wright, Khalid Moore, Cole Swider, Simi Shittu, Jalen Smith, Naz Reid, David Duke and Nate Roberts.