George King realizes that he's not the complete player he hopes to one day become, and therefore, he won't try to rush things during his freshman year with the Colorado men's basketball team.
"I think of it like cooking meat," the 6-foot-5 guard/forward from San Antonio said. "You can't rush it or it's not going to be good. You've got to let it develop, sit in the oven, let it marinate. That's how I think of it."
For the record, King likes his steak medium well, with "a little bit of pink."
Should King's game develop the way his steak does, the Buffaloes and their fans will be in for a treat.
King was the last member of CU's freshman class for 2013, signing his letter of intent in May. He impressed CU head coach Tad Boyle during the Mile High Classic tournament in Denver in late April.
At the time that the tournament started, CU didn't have a scholarship to give. But, on the final day of the tournament, April 28, CU junior Andre Roberson announced that he was skipping his senior year to enter the NBA Draft. That opened up a scholarship spot, CU made an offer and King jumped on it.
Up to that point, King had verbally committed to Northern Colorado, but his exceptional play during his senior year turned some heads with bigger schools, including Colorado State, Gonzaga, Marquette and Texas A&M.
King was the San Antonio Express-News player of the year after averaging 17.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.6 blocks for Brennan High School. His team went 39-3 and reached the state semifinals.
With those numbers, it's odd that he didn't get signed earlier, but it wasn't until his senior year that he really shined.
"I'm a little bit of a late bloomer, but you know, better late than never," he said.
At CU, King could play a variety of roles. At 6-5, he can play shooting guard or small forward. Boyle has said that King, "can rebound, block shots, shoot and defend."
That's a pretty good combination, and it should allow King to fit right in with his teammates.
"They really like my versatility," he said of CU's coaches. "I'm not the only guy on this team that's versatile. We're definitely going to use that to our advantage. A lot of the guys ... we can play a lot of different positions and defend a lot of different positions, as well."
King may have been a late bloomer, in terms of opening the eyes of college recruits, but he got an early start in the game. He said he started playing when he was three or four years old.
"My dad (George) played a little bit," King said. "He kind of put the ball in my hand a little bit and I took it from there."
He said he played a lot of sports, but "basketball fit me best.
"That's the best thing about it: you can go anywhere. You don't really need a rim. You can go out there and just dribble and you're working on you game."
So far, King has put a lot of work into his game, and that work is now paying off.
"Basketball has taken me places I've never been before," he said. "Hopefully I can continue on my career after CU."
Of course, he's not looking too far ahead. Like his medium-well steak, King will need some time to develop before he's a finished product.
"My time will come, I'm sure," he said. "You definitely cannot rush anything."
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