King, a Trigg County High School senior, was named a 2009 All-State honorable mention, finished fourth in the state in scoring (25.8 points per game) and third in free throw percentage (85.1). He also led the Wildcats in rebounds (8.9 rpg), field goal shooting (85.1), and steals (1.8).
“Jonathan is a very good shooter with deep range,” Panthers head coach Todd Lee said in a press release. “He has the ability to shoot the ball both spotting up and also on the move. He is a tough competitor and has a excellent understanding of the game.”
Trigg head coach Mike Wright said the four words that come to his mind when thinking of King are love, exposure, improvement and potential.
“Jonathan loves the game; he knows what’s going on in every corner of the state,” Wright said. “He put himself out there to be seen by everybody that knows anything about basketball.”
King played on Eddie Ford’s Kentucky All-Star touring team and gained experience and exposure.
“You wouldn’t believe the schools that called about Jonathan, and it’s because they saw him play with that team,” Wright said.
Wright said King was one-dimensional for a while but improved in key areas, which leads to his potential for future success.
“He got better defensively, rebounding-wise and on offense, which was already good,” King said. “We saw so many junk defenses the last two years designed to shut him down. He has the potential to be an outstanding four-year player at Kentucky Wesleyan.”
King said schools on his list included Austin Peay, Harvard, Bethel and Southern Indiana.
“I’ve been to Wesleyan three times and played with their guys twice, and it’s a really good fit,” King said. “They said I have a college shot on me and that I need to get stronger, and that I can be a solid contributor. That’s why I chose them.”
King said he will major in physical education, get his teacher’s certificate and plans to coach high school sports.
“As you grow up, you understand what a free education means and how much it can help,” King said. “To have a chance to play basketball makes it a great thing fr me.”