The true freshman guard/forward played well for the second game in a row on Monday night, helping Colorado to a 93-70 win against Arkansas State at Coors Events Center.
"I've grown a lot, offensively, defensively, knowing the plays. Just knowing what I'm doing in particular," King said after scoring a season-high 11 points and pulling down four rebounds. "I feel more comfortable on the court and I'm just having fun out here. I think that's the biggest key, just having fun."
Among CU's four true freshmen, King, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward from San Antonio, was arguably the rawest coming into the season. He played a total of just nine minutes in the first three games.
On Saturday, however, he played 11 minutes and pulled down seven rebounds against Jackson State. Then, he showed off his offense on Monday. He went 3-for-4 from the field, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range.
"I noticed in the warm-ups of previous games I wasn't shooting the ball really well," he said. "It wasn't feeling good at all. This warm-up, I really focused on blocking everything out and focusing on the rim. I remember telling (fellow freshman Tre'Shaun Fletcher), my roommate, I'm going to hit a 3 in this game. I finally hit it, and I think it's because I just locked in during warm-ups."
King has been most impressive on the boards. In 35 minutes of playing time this season, he now has 15 rebounds.
"Don't count the time, make the time count," CU coach Tad Boyle said. "He's making the time count when he's out on the court. He's taking the coaches' advice, I think, in rebounding and he's trying to defend. He learned some things tonight in terms of getting through screens. He had some lapses there defensively, but boy, he's rebounding the ball at a very, very high level."