George King began his postseason quest toward a potential spot in the NBA like a man on a mission, turning heads in a pair of showcases that likely had scouts raising eyebrows and taking notes.

Based solely on the numbers, King wasn't quite able to keep that momentum rolling at the NBA draft combine.

With a month remaining before the June 21 draft, King participated in the annual prospect showcase last week in Chicago. While the former University of Colorado star and recent CU graduate hardly endured a nightmarish struggle in the Windy City, King nonetheless was unable to repeat the eye-popping numbers he produced in recent months at the NABC All-Star game and the Portsmouth Invitational.

King participated in two scrimmages at the combine, with his squad winning both games. King scored 10 points in his first game and 11 in the second, going 5-for-9 from the field in the opener and 4-for-8 in the finale. While King, who finished his Buffaloes career as the program's No. 2 all-time leader in 3-point percentage, went 7-for-13 from long range while earning all-tournament honors at the Portsmouth Invitational, he went just 1-for-5 on 3-pointers in the two scrimmages at the combine. That mark was front-loaded with an 0-for-3 game in the opener.

King played in over 20 minutes in each game and recorded five rebounds overall. He finished the two games with no assists and four turnovers while recording three steals in the finale.


In addition to his strong showing at Portsmouth, King also was named the East team Most Outstanding Player at the NABC All-Star game in San Antonio during the Final Four weekend, going 8-for-11 before finishing with 21 points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots.

Despite his strong showing in his previous showcases, King remains well off the radar of NBA mock drafts. He was scheduled to go through a pre-draft workout with the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, but some apparent traveling hiccups prevented King from arriving in Salt Lake City.

Asked before the combine if he was comfortable beginning his pro career overseas if an NBA opportunity doesn't materialize, King reiterated the NBA remains the goal. Yet he certainly isn't ruling out any opportunity to continue playing the game while making a living.

"That's one thing, if it comes to that, I'm going to have to sit down with some people and talk about that," King said. "Money can change my mind about a lot of things. We'll just have to see what happens."

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