Five-star hoops recruit V.J. King transfers to Paul VI

Five-star recruit V.J. King, a rising junior guard, will transfer from St. Vincent-St. Mary to Paul VI for the upcoming season, Panthers Coach Glenn Farello confirmed Thursday.

Listed as the No. 18 overall prospect in ESPN’s 2016 class rankings, the 6-foot-7 King will bring his length, athleticism and versatility on both ends of the floor to the Panthers, who finished atop The Post’s boys’ basketball rankings after capturing the WCAC, VISAA Division I and Alhambra Catholic this past season.

“We’re excited that V.J. will be attending Paul VI next year,” Farello said in a Thursday phone interview. “He’s a winner first and his skill set will fit in great with our guys, who are all excited about him and his family coming to the Northern Virginia area.”

As a sophomore, King averaged 16.2 points for SVSM, which is the same high school that LeBron James starred at in Akron, Ohio. During the past two years, King has garnered more than 15 Division I offers from the likes of Arizona, Georgetown, Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA and Ohio State.

Possessing a smooth jump shot, quick first step and ability to get to the rim, King is expected to seamlessly move into the role vacated by All-Met rising senior Joshua Reaves, who transferred to Oak Hill Academy last month. Joining King in the Paul VI backcourt will be senior Syracuse commit Frank Howard, who is returning to the fray after earning third-team All-Met honors as a sophomore but missing his entire junior campaign with a knee injury.

“Team chemistry is always important and I know V.J.’s personality will fit well with his new teammates,” Farello said.

After helping lead the U-16 team to gold last year, King is headed back to Colorado Springs next week to participate in the Team USA U-17 training camp in hopes of making the 12-man roster that will compete at the U-17 World Championships in August in Dubai.

Related: Boys’ basketball Recruit Watch

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.

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