South Kent Forward Makes Early Decision | Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Despite having two full seasons ahead of him at South Kent, Jin Soo Kim has finalized his plans for college after having verbally committed to Gary Williams and the University of Maryland this weekend. 

“He went down to midnight madness with his uncle and decided to pull the trigger now,” said South Kent Head Coach Raphael Chillious. 

It appears as if the timing was perfect for the Terrapins as Kim appears poised for a breakout year at South Kent.  To say he isn’t the same player he was a year ago would be an understatement.  Previously known as primarily a spot up shooter, Kim has been much more assertive since returning to South Kent this season.  He has been attacking the rim, crashing the offensive glass, and even showing a willingness to seek out contact in the paint in order to get himself to the free-throw line.   

One reason for Kim’s maturation on the court appears to be his many experiences playing international ball.  Outside of playing for the Korean national program for the last few years, Kim has also participated in programs including the NBA’s Basketball without Borders Asia and Nike’s All Asia Basketball Camp.  

At 6’9” Kim also has outstanding size for the small forward position, which is where he projects at the next level. 

When you put it all together you have a player who has all the tools to be a big time player in the ACC; a tremendous outside stroke; the ability to attack close-out defenders off the bounce; tremendous size for the perimeter; and a resume full of outstanding experiences playing with and against some of the best young talent on the planet.