Bristol Flyers today confirmed the signing of American forward VJ King from NBA G League side Westchester Knicks.
The 25-year-old has penned a one-year deal with the Flyers and arrives in Bristol with a decorated playing career to date.
King attended the famous St. Vincent-St Mary High School growing up, where he became the first freshman to start on the team since LeBron James and led the Fighting Irish to the 2013 Ohio Division II State Tournament Finals.
He was called up to represent USA at the Under-17 FIBA world Championships in 2014, where he won a gold medal alongside three-time NBA All-Star Jayson Tatum.
King went on to be named a 2016 McDonalds All-American before enjoying a three-year college career with NCAA Division One powerhouse Louisvillle, where he averaged 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 101 appearances for the Cardinals.
After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, King joined the G-League Affiliate of the New York Knicks and made 35 appearances during a two-year spell, averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
Last season, King also had a six-game spell for AB Contern in Luxembourg, where he posted 31.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game on a side which was led by former Plymouth Raiders head Coach Gavin Love.
Speaking on his decision to join the Flyers, King said: “I’ve never been to England before, so I’m excited to be in another county with a new experience.
“I watched some of the Flyers’ games and saw that the team finished fourth last season. We want to go one further this year and compete for a championship.
“Coach Kapoulas is close with my former coach Gavin Love – he said the Flyers like to play a fast-paced game and that’s something I wanted to be a part of.
“I’m excited for what’s next and I’m ready to get there and go to work.”
Flyers Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas added: “VJ adds more depth and dimension to our roster with his length, athleticism and shooting touch.
“He is a smooth scorer that can make plays, involve others with his precision passing and impact the game with his tenacious mindset.
“He comes to us with all kind of accolades, but it’s clear that he’s fully focused on the present, continuing his career in Europe and helping our team have a successful season.
“He displayed a great work ethic during his time in College and the G-League and has always been an incredible teammate. You can tell there is a fire inside him – a type of toughness that will fit very well with us here in Bristol.”