Kim May Not Return
Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman is reporting that Jin Soo Kim is on track to qualify to play at Maryland this year instead of next season. That is a change from the original plan that called for Kim to return to South Kent for his senior season before arriving at Maryland in the fall of 2009.
But getting Kim eligible a year early may not be too far fetched considering the talented Korean forward was originally part of the class of 2008 before reclassifying last year.
Kim is a very talented offensive player. At 6’9” he has tremendous size for the small forward position to compliment a lethal shooting stroke from behind the three-point line. Kim also made great strides last season in developing the rest of his offensive arsenal. He now makes good use of the dribble to free himself for the mid-range jumper, is at least a threat to attack the rim, and is generally playing with much more aggressiveness. However, questions remain as to what position he will be able to defend in the ACC as he lacks the lateral quickness to contain many 3’s and the physical strength to bang with the 4’s.
Other News from South Kent
South Kent’s most prominent incoming player, New York’s Omari Lawrence, committed to St. John’s while visiting the campus on Wednesday. His decision comes only days after St. John’s hired his AAU coach with the New York Panthers, Oswald Cross, to be an administrative assistant.
However Lawrence told Adam Zagoria that one had nothing to do with the other.
“I had the same list since beginning of junior year,” he said. “Before Oz even decided on taking this position, I already had interest in St. John’s.”
Lawrence’s teammate with the Panthers, Kevin Parrom, is another New York native who is heading to South Kent. The talented swingman is also considering St. John’s along with Xavier and South Carolina.