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V.J. King commits to Louisville over Kentucky and UConn

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Kentucky missed out on one of the top wings in the Class of 2016.

The Kentucky Wildcats just missed on one of the top recruits in the 2016 class.

According to Evan Daniels of, five-star small forward V.J. King has committed to the Louisville Cardinals:

On Friday, King informed Scout that he has verbally committed to Rick Pitino and Louisville.

"I think probably the main reason I picked that school was the conference," King said. "I’ve always wanted to play in the ACC, the top conference in the country. Plus with the roster they have, I fit right into that system. They have a bunch of bigs and guards and not really that scoring factor and I can fit that."

King a 6’7″, 185-pound wing originally from North Carolina, moved to Akron (Oh.) last year to play for St. Vincent-St. Mary, the alma mater of LeBron James.Going into the announcement, Louisville had a 100% lead in V.J. King's Crystal Ball on 24/7 Sports.

He's already visited UL and UConn, but not Kentucky. Cardinals assistant Kenny Johnson is a former assistant at King's high school, and that's given the Cards a big edge in his recruitment from the start.

Prior to King's commitment, CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reported King didn't hold an offer from UK. There had previously been confusion as to whether King actually held an offer, despite Kentucky being one of his three finalists.