As a player, George King owns plenty of impressive strengths. He also has some glaring limitations.
As King begins the process of attempting to attract the eye of professional scouts, either from an NBA franchise or an overseas organization, he is getting advice as well as practical training from Colorado assistant Kim English.
English, who played 41 games with the Detroit Pistons during the 2012-13 season before eventually cutting short an overseas playing career to try his hand at coaching, has one nugget of wisdom he hopes King follows above all others: Be Yourself.
Over four years on the floor and five overall at Colorado, King asserted himself as a dependable and often deadly 3-point shooter, setting a program record with a .456 3-point percentage during the 2015-16 season before finishing his CU career ranked second all-time in 3-point percentage (.401) and fifth in made 3-pointers (181). He also proved to be an above-average rebounder, leading the Buffs in each of his final two seasons and finishing his career ranked 14th all-time with 681 rebounds.
However, any complete scouting report on King would note he struggles at creating his own shot. He also doesn't list his ball-handling or passing skills as a strength, completing his CU career with more than twice as many turnovers (196) as assists (88).
Instead of reinventing the wheel by attempting to shore up those weaknesses, English would prefer King to stick to his strengths in events like the NABC All-Star game King will compete in Friday in San Antonio.
"He has a big body of work. Five years at Colorado with a ton of games," English said. "NBA teams know what he is. If they're interested in him, they know that they're getting a defender, a guy that can make open shots, and a good athlete. You have all that guys that will say, 'You need to get better at your ball-handling,' or 'You need to get better at this.' That couldn't be further from the truth.
"The NBA, for the most part, is a league of specialists. There are about 30 players out of the 450 or so that are superstar, amazing athletes. Everyone else does what they do really, really well. But even greater than that, they don't show you what they can't do very well. Rip Hamilton is great at shooting mid-range shots off the move. He's in great condition and can run all day. He's not a great ball-handler. Tony Allen is a phenomenal defender. He's not a great 3-point shooter. George has to first of all know who he is, and second of all show only who he is. Do what you can do well, and be great at that."