Saturday, August 13, 2016

BASKETBALL - Lycoming's King wraps up tour with USA East Coast All Stars

Coach Rancourt and senior Nyk King enjoyed a 3-1 trip in Italy with the USA East Coast All Stars.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Rising Lycoming College senior Nykolas King (Harlem, N.Y./Manhattan Center for Science & Math) helped the USA East Coast All Stars to one of its most successful European tours in the 10 years that head coach Guy Rancourt has coached the team, as USA East Coast finished 3-1 during a tour of Italy from Aug. 6-13.

King finished the tour with 22 points (5.5), eight rebounds (2.0), 12 assists (3.0) and five steals (1.3) per game while playing with a group of exceptional talent from the landscape of college basketball. Other members of the team included Notre Dame's Matt Farrell and Martinas Geben, West Virginia's Jevon Carter, Southern Methodist's Dashawn McDowell and Harry Froling, Pace’s Bryan Rivers, Seton Hall’s Jevon Thomas and Myles Carter, Iowa's Nick Baer and West Virginia's Jevon Thomas.

King started the tour with nine points, five rebounds and two assists in a 93-68 win over Altavilla’s B team before posting two points, six assists and a steal in a 75-73 win over Altavilla A. He followed that with five points, three assists and three steals in a 94-75 win over Euro Select and wrapped the tour with six points, two rebounds and a steal in an 88-81 win over Italia Select.

Despite missing two games with an injury as a junior, King led the Warriors in scoring and rebounding at 12.7 points per game and 6.5 rebounds to earn Second Team All-MAC Commonwealth honors. King was also third on the team in steals with 35 (1.3 per game). In 27 games as a junior, the 6-2 post player scored in double figures 20 times and he finished second on the squad with two double-doubles.

King, who also earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore, is averaging 9.9 points per game and 5.0 rebounds through three years at Lycoming, but has averaged 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds over the last two seasons.

The All Stars will hold a two-day training camp in New York City starting Sunday, Aug. 6, before leaving for a seven-day tour in Italy, which will include stops in Venice, Verona, Milan, Lake Como and Bellagio. The USA East Coast squad will face off with several FIBA opponents from both Europe and Africa, with the schedule being announced just prior to the trip.

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