We’ve known for a few weeks now that the 2018-19 season was V.J. King’s final one as a member of the Louisville men’s basketball team.
It appears now that it was also King’s final run in college basketball entirely.
I’d like to announce that I will be forgoing my senior year and taking the next step in pursuing my career as a professional basketball player. To the University of Louisville... Through it all, thank you for everything. I will always be a cardinal! pic.twitter.com/AoOLsXnm4q— Vincent Jr. (@vjking_) May 28, 2019
King graduated from U of L in May, meaning he has the option of returning to school for one more season and playing immediately as a graduate transfer. Apparently he would prefer to begin his professional career.
A former McDonald’s All-American, King’s three years at Louisville were frustrating for all parties concerned. He played for three different coaches at U of L and saw an equal level of inconsistency on the court.
King’s junior season in 2018-19 was an especially disappointing one. He began the year as a starter but slowly saw his playing time and production dwindle. He played his best basketball of the season in the closing weeks, but still finished with averages of just 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Best of luck to V.J. moving forward. He was an easy to root for as a Cardinal, and I can’t imagine that will change as a professional.