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Kobe King (Photo credit: La Crosse Tribune/Peter Thomson)








170 lb



La Crosse (WI) Central HS

Wisconsin Playground Warriors

Rankings Rankings

Rivals: 5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit (NR SG) Red_arrowdown_medium
Scout: 4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit (#34 SG) Green_arrowup_medium
ESPN: 4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit 81 (#31 SG) Green_arrowup_medium
24/7: 4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit 90 (#21 SG / #113 overall) Red_arrowdown_medium
Wishoops: #1 player in 2017 Green_arrowup_medium

Last Updated: April 20, 2017
Previous Rankings: 3-star (#36 SG/#141 overall > #28/#121 > #26/#116 > NR) by Rivals; 3-star (NR SG) > 4-star (#28 SG > #27 > #22 SG/#98 overall > #6/#36) by Scout; 4-star/80 (#32 SG) > 85 (#20 SG) by ESPN; 4-star/92 (#19 SG/#105 overall > #25/#100 > #24/#96 > #17/#87) > 94 (#13 SG/#61 overall) by 24/7; #2 > #1 > #8 > #11 player in WI by Wishoops
Rankings at time of commitment: 4-star (0.9601) by 24/7 Composite, #16 SG/#78 overall/#1 in WI; 3-star by Rivals, 4-star by Scout & ESPN

Honors Honors

2017 Mr. Basketball (WBCA)
2017 Player of the Year (AP)*
2017 Gatorade Player of the Year
2017 First Team All-State (AP)
2017 All-State - Div. 2* (WBCA)
2016 First Team All-State (AP)
2016 All-State - Div. 2 (WBCA)*
2016 Area Player of the Year (La Crosse Tribune)
2015 Honorable Mention All-State (AP)
2015 First Team Al-Mississippi Valley Conference

*unanimous selection

Statistics Statistics

2016-17: 28 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 61% FG, 45% 3FG | Senior (Central)
2016: 16.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 45.3% FG, 21.4% 3FG, 76% FT | Adidas Uprising GauntletChampionship
2015-16: 25.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg | Junior (Central)
2014-15: 15.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg | Sophomore (Central)
2013-14: 9.5 ppg | Freshman (Central)

Signed LOI Signed National Letter of Intent

Signed on November 9, 2016
Davison, King and Reuvers form heralded 2017 Signing Class (

Verbally committed on September 16, 2015
Kobe King, talented G from La Crosse Central, gives Badgers oral commitment for '17 class (Journal Sentinel)
King Picks the Badgers (Badger247)
2017 G Kobe King commits to Badgers (B5Q)
La Crosse Central's Kobe King gives commitment for 2017 (Wisconsin State Journal)

Slowly but surely King had been developing into a top prep guard in Wisconsin before blossoming into the top overall 2017 player in the state after his sophomore season. Stanford, Virginia, Marquette, Minnesota and Butler were among the first programs to contact King at the first possible moment for rising juniors; Iowa State, Green Bay and Drake were the first offers. King attended Wisconsin's elite camp starting June 26, but it wasn't the Badgers striking immediately with an offer ... it was Marquette, no doubt trying to capitalize on the recruiting uncertainty after Bo Ryan's announced retirement plans.

In the following weeks, though, Ryan, Greg Gard and others were often seen tracking King fervently on the July circuit. Often going three-deep for King, Wisconsin watched as King excelled in Las Vegas (Adidas Uprising championships) and closer to home when he took over at the NY2LA Sports Invitational. King's showings culminated in the coveted Badger offer at the end of the month. He also returned to Madison in September an unofficial visit for the football home opener. Shortly thereafter, he informed Gard and Ryan that Wisconsin was where he wanted to be.

King is the son of former Wake Forest star Chris King and cousin to Jimmy King of Michigan's Fab Five fame. He has been informed he could grow several more inches as well, which would make him an ideal slashing wing player. King returned from a wrist injury suffered in the 2016 state tournament to appear with the Playground Warriors on the AAU circuit in May. As a senior, King scored 47 points in a losing effort when his La Crosse Central team went head-to-head with Nate Reuvers' Lakeville North squad at the 2017 Border Battle. He capped off a dominant senior campaign with a state title with his La Crosse Central teammate. He swept player of the year award, including the 2017 Mr. Basketball award.

Press Clippings Recent Press

Related articles on Bucky's 5th Quarter >>

05.13: Top recruit Kobe King ready to make the jump to Wisconsin (Wisconsin State Journal)
04.19:  A look at five prospects outside the top 100 who could make a big name for themselves in college (Scout)
04.17: La Crosse Central's Kobe King named player of the year (La Crosse Tribune)
03.19: UW recruit Kobe King scores 28 points as La Crosse Central edges Cedarburg for Division 2 title (Wisconsin State Journal)
03.17: Kobe King growing accustomed to hoops spotlight (La Crosse Tribune)

07.15: Badgers' 2017 hoops class wowed by decade-plus run of success (Journal Sentinel)
07.14: Kobe King never lost faith in UW, Greg Gard (Journal Sentinel)
04.11: It's good to be King (La Crosse Tribune)
03.16: Central's Kobe King, other top players heading to Kohl Center (La Crosse Tribune)
02.16: La Crosse Central's King has another monster game (La Crosse Tribune)
01.29: Kobe's enduring legacy: How his greatness spawned a generation of Kobes (Yahoo Sports)
01.22: King's 28 lead Central past Onalaska in MVC showdown (La Crosse Tribune)

10.26: Jeremiah Tilmon stood out at NY2LA Futures Camp (Scout)
09.17: King commits to the Wisconsin Badgers (
05.14: King Familiar With Iowa State (Scout)
05.13: Wisconsin 2017 Guard Kobe King Emerging With Plethora Of Offers & Interest (Prep Insiders)
05.03: Spiece Run N Slam Top Performers (Scout)
04.28: College basketball teams line up for Central's Kobe King (La Crosse Tribune)

Multimedia Audio / Video

News Feature: Future Badger pays it forward, presents check to ASL (04.12.17)
Highlights: Wisconsin Commit Kobe King Senior Highlights (04.10.17)
Highlights: Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball and Future Badger Kobe King (03.19.17)
Interview: Wisconsin's Signed Trio Sounds Off At Breakdown USA Border Battle (01.29.17)
Highlights: Wisconsin Signee Kobe King Puts On a Show @ The Border Battle (01.28.17)
Highlights: Kobe King, La Crosse Central Blast Waunakee (01.15.17)
Highlights: Kobe King Faces Off With Jordan McCabe at WBY Shootout (12.29.16)
Highlights: La Crosse Central Drops Wausau West (12.10.16)
Highlights: Wisconsin Committ Kobe King Mixtape @ the Battle At The Lakes (05.15.16)
Highlights: Central's 'State-Ment' Ride (03.14.16)
Interview: Four-Star Guard Kobe King Talks Commitment to Badgers (02.16.16)
News Feature: King commits to the Wisconsin Badgers (09.17)
Highlights: Kobe King Summer Mixtape...Class of 2017 Shooting Guard With Major Game (07.26.15)
Highlights: Adidas Summer Championships Highlights: Kobe King (07.26.15)
Highlights: NY2LA Summer Jam: Kobe King 07.19.15)
News Feature: Part 3: 'The AAU Life' - Making the decision (07.23.15)
News Feature: Part 2: 'The AAU Life' - MVP Mom (07.22.15)
News Feature: Part 1: 'The AAU Life' featuring La Crosse's Kobe King (07.21.15)
Highlights: Kobe King Takes Over the 2015 NY2LA Invitational (05.18.15)
Interview: Kobe King (05.17.15)
Highlights: Team10 89 Kobe King 6'2 175 Central HS WI 2017 (11.13.14)

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2015-16 Schedule | La Crosse Tribune

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