The workout circuit for aspiring NBA prospects can be dizzying. So much so, that former Colorado star George King couldn’t immediate recall where his next stop would be following Monday’s workout with the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
It was, however, King’s second such workout in recent weeks alongside former USC star forward Chimezie Metu. Asked if King had taken an opportunity to grill Metu about that infamous timeout taken by the Trojans last January in Los Angeles, and the former Buffaloes star quickly laughed.
It was a timeout Buffs fans won’t soon forget, one taken with 21 seconds remaining and USC leading by 12 points. One taken in response to CU coach Tad Boyle’s comments about taking extra satisfaction in defeating one of the teams embroiled in the FBI’s college basketball corruption probe, and taken to set up a play for Metu with the Buffs’ chances for victory squarely well out of reach.
“I have not (asked him),” King said. “We’re going to bury that one.” Yet after a moment’s hesitation, King quietly added, “Maybe we’ll bury it.”
Of course, the goal for King now is far less about settling old grudges than setting himself up for the future. King continued his busy pre-NBA draft schedule Monday by working out for the Nuggets for the second consecutive season. Though King never made serious noise about leaving CU a year ago, he nonetheless went through the pre-draft routine before pulling his name from the NBA draft pool ahead of the deadline.
There will be no such option for King this year after finishing his Buffs career ranked 18th all-time in program history in points (1,294) and 14th in rebounds (681). Despite a pair of standout performances at two different showcases following his senior season, as well as an appearance at the NBA combine last month, King remains solidly off the radar among mock draft projections.
When asked over a month ago if playing overseas was a foreseeable option, King stated his goal remained the NBA, and that he would sort through other opportunities if and when they occurred. On Monday, King reiterated that he has not heard specific feedback from NBA front office personnel , and if any team has shown interest about his availability for the upcoming NBA Summer League, such inquiries have gone through his agent and have not yet reached his own ears.
“If the overseas option is better than the option here in the states, well then I’m going to sit down and talk with my family and talk with my representative,” King said. “Until then, I’m going to keep chasing my dream of playing basketball at the highest level.”
Immediately after the season, King earned the Most Outstanding Player award for the East team at the NABC All-Star game during the Final Four weekend in San Antonio, going 8-for-11 from the floor with 21 points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots.
King built on that performance at the annual Portsmouth Invitational in April, earning a spot on the all-tournament team after averaging 18 points and 7.7 rebounds in three games. He also shot .579 from the field (22-for-38) and .538 on 3-pointers (7-for-13).
In addition to Metu, who is projected as a possible mid-to-late first-round pick, King also worked out Monday alongside former Ohio State standout Keita Bates-Diop, former Creighton guard Marcus Foster, and Oakland’s Kendrick Nunn.
“I did this workout last year but I did Boston last year as well,” King said. “I know what to expect now. Last year I was a deer in headlights. Now that I’ve had that experience I get to king of just take a breath and not worry about that doesn’t matter. Just go out there and work out and play my game. Especially for Denver. They’ve been watching me my entire career at CU, so I’m not going to wow them with anything.”