After receiving the Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year award earlier this week, sophomore guard George King validated the conference's decision on Wednesday afternoon when he dropped 21 points in Colorado's decisive 80-56 victory over Washington State.

"It's a great feeling, especially after being in a slump for the last couple games; a little bit of weight off my shoulders when finally one goes in and it kind of gets me going a little bit," King said. "I won't credit my performance to a particular jump shot but it helped for sure."

Although it was far from his career high of 27 points at Auburn at the beginning of the season, King has proved his worth again and again this year, scoring over 20 points in seven contests so far this year. He's also managed double digits in 23 of 32 games already.

While King's presence is undoubtedly a blessing for a Colorado team that struggled often to get any kind of offense going last season, he's done more for this team than any fan would have imagined two years ago when he was averaging 1.5 points and just as many boards. For one thing, he's averaging 13.5 ppg.

On top of that, he finished the regular season solely atop the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage (45.3 percent) and finished sixth in total three-pointers made with 31-of-63 or roughly two per game, making him the most efficient downtown shooter in the conference.

All hail the King.