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2018 Hudson Catholic (NJ) star Louis King joins Team Final for 2017 NIKE EYBL

01/27/2017, 12:30pm EST
By Alec Kinsky, D1 Circuit

Over the last decade, Team Final has developed into a grassroots basketball powerhouse.

Headquartered out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Team Final has produced over 100 Division 1 players, including the likes of Tyreke Evans, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Dion Waiters, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Their alumni list runs very deep, and Director Rob Brown has turned his program into one of the most effective Division 1 pipelines in the country.

Year after year, Brown has proven the ability to send his entire 17U roster to a free education at the next level, most of them at high-major programs. They are one of the winningest programs in Nike Elite Youth Basketball League history, qualifying for the illustrious Peach Jam each year since 2010.

Team Final's consistent success has ultimately turned them into a desired landing spot amongst high major recruits in the area.

That statement has never been truer than today, as Team Final has locked up the services of a top recruit in the 2018 class.

Louis King, a 6-foot-8 junior swingman hailing from Hudson Catholic High School (New Jersey), has decided to finish his grassroots basketball career as a member of the NIKE EYBL, making his way over from SportsU in the Under Armour Association (UAA).

King, ranked 38th by ESPN in the 2018 class, improved greatly under the tutelage of his former program, and he couldn't be more grateful of how they've helped his career path.

"I do want to thank them for the last couple of years," King said of his SportsU family. "My game has developed tremendously under the program."

While his talents were tested in the UAA, the need to play against the nation's best is too great to ignore for King.

"This year, however, my eyes have been opened and I am a lot more educated in the game of basketball," King said of his decision to make the switch. "I'm taking my career very seriously and my focus has been to put myself in a situation where my talents can be more effective."

His talents figure to be extremely effective in Team Final's lineup, one that already includes 2018 top-five recruit Cameron Reddish (ESPN No. 4). Brown is always coy when speaking on his team's potential talent, but from the sounds of it, Team Final's roster will be as good as ever. King can't wait to start the process with his new teammates.

"Finding the right chemistry with my new team/organization is a top priority of mine right now," King explained. "There may or may not be a few kinks that need to be worked out. But I am very confident in this ball club. I'm sure that we can rise to the occasion."

When asked if he was excited, King was very matter-of-fact, and put a strong emphasis on the last word he said.

"I am very excited," King said. "I think that if you want to be the best, you have to play against the best players."

"And win."

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