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Fredrick King commits to Louisville Cardinals

Turned heads at NBA Latin Academy this past year

Bahamian high school basketball player, Fredrick King has decided to continue his basketball career when he committed to play for the University of Louisville Cardinals starting in the 2022-2023 season.

The former C.I. Gibson Senior High School Rattlers big man is currently in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Academy Latin America in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He is the first Bahamian to attend the prestigious Academy and started that chapter at the beginning of this year.

King who hails from Mangrove Cay, Andros, had a great first year in Mexico. The 6’ 10” player averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per game at the NBA Academy Games in San Luis Potosi in late September, helping the NBA Academy Latin America to a 3-0 win/loss record and pushing his way onto NBA scouts’ radar and college basketball coaches in the process. King converted 77 percent of his field goals and 74 percent of his free-throws in Mexico.

At those NBA Academy Games, he posted a double-double going for 31 points and 16 rebounds in an 82-61 victory over NBA Academy Africa Red Team.

He also considered University of Miami, Creighton University, Georgetown University and Washington State University.

The Cardinals play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished with a 13-7 overall record and an 8-5 record in conference play in the 2020-2021 season. Chris Mack is the head coach there.

King’s coach at C.I. Gibson, Kevin ‘KJ’ Johnson was overjoyed that he committed.

“I’m so proud of Fredrick King right now,” Johnson said. “From where he came from and to where he is and what he’s accomplishing today. He had a lot of hard work, dedication and determination in him. He’s committed and I hope and pray that this career at Louisville is very successful. I pray that he continue to work hard, get his degree and who knows, another Bahamian has an opportunity to go into the NBA and that’s the goal – he always wanted to play at the next level. I’m very happy that he’s doing what he’s supposed to do to play at the next level.”

King, who looks timid but is bold in his play, was a catalyst for the Rattlers senior boys basketball team in 2019 with his above-the-rim plays. He was instrumental in giving them rim protection they needed as they made it to the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) Senior Boys Basketball Championship against the eventual winner Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins. King scored 12 points in the first game of the best-of-three series which his team won. However, the Marlins won the next two games. The Rattlers did not participate in the 2020 Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic and the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 in The Bahamas forced the cancellation of the Bahamas National High School Basketball Championships.

NBA Academy Latin America is an elite basketball training center in Mexico City for the top male and female prospects from throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Canada and South America. The academy is a partnership between the NBA, CONADE (Mexico’s National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport) and the Mexican Basketball Federation (Asociacion Deportiva Mexicana de Baloncesto, A.C).

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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