King does not disappoint in his debut

BILL MARTIN
MUMFORD—I think I can safely say that there hasn’t been more anticipation for a hoops player to play in his first high school game than there was for one Aubrie King.

That event finally came to fr uition last Tuesday when King and his Mumford teammates roundly ravaged a usually respectable Round Top-Carmine squad.

On the strength of 13 threepointers in the season opener, the Mustangs surged to a 23-0 lead in the first quarter and were ahead 30-0 before Round Top-Carmine was able to sink it’s first basket.

Mumford led 56-6 by intermission and at one point 71-11 before running up a 108-36 victory that only took 64 minutes to complete.

King finished with 26 points, while collecting 13 rebounds and dropping off eight assists and played about three quarters.

Sharp-shooting senior Matt Williams—the only holdover starter from last year’s squad— paced the Mustangs with 36 points on the strength of 12 treys.

In his varsity debut, Aubrie King scored 26 points, collected 13 rebounds and eight assists. Reporter/Bill Martin In his varsity debut, Aubrie King scored 26 points, collected 13 rebounds and eight assists. Reporter/Bill Martin It is somehow fitting that Mumford tied the state record for threes in a game with 25, because the architect of that record—Aubrie’s father Alvie— was the head coach at Milano when the Eagles set the mark in 2007.

King was planted on the Mumford bench Tuesday night as an assistant. King is also the Mustangs head baseball coach, a program that will get cranked up this spring.

Under offensively innovative coach Chris Sodek, Mumford is coming off an impressive three-year run where it was consistently ranked in the top 5 and caught everyone’s attention by averaging near 100 points a game.

The Mustangs made it to the regional finals last year and finished with a 33-3 record.

The Mustangs were gutted by graduation and must replace slick all-state point guard Eric Corona and 6-foot- 7 postman Luke Scarmado.

Mumford has assumed its usual spot at the top and is ranked No. 5 in pre-season, however.

“We lost six seniors last year, so I think most people believe that we are in a rebuilding mode for 2010,” said Sodek. “With that being said, we expect more from our kids and our kids have known that, and bought into our expectations for this season.

“To date, this is the hardest working and most coachable group that I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”

King takes a little of the worry out of starting over.

The basketball prodigy, has been wowing basketball observers since he was a toddler, winning free-throw contests and MVP awards at every camp he attended.

King, who’s mother Wendy is the volleyball coach at Milano and was also a basketball star for the Eagles, has appropriatley shot up to almost 6-foot-4, which is always nice for a baskeball player.

While most Class A players wouldn’t get a second look no matter how good they are, King is different because when he attends these five-star camps, he competes against the best of the best and still stands out as the top player.

“He is a special player,” Sodek said of his freshman sensation. “He is very cool, calm, and collective. One of his greatest assets is that he is very unselfish. He displays the leadership of a senior and he will not allow anyone to outwork him....ever.

“If he stays hungry there is no limit on how good of a player that he can become.”

Alvie King says Aubrie has already received letters from Purdue and Creighton and UTEP has asked for film.

If you would care to get a close up look at King, Mumford will be participating in the Rockdale Tiger Classic.

Now King will undoubtabley put up some impressive nunbers in thre Mumford system, but he is no ball hog.

Despite being the tallest player on the court, King spends most of his time bringing the ball up the court as point guard with his ball handling skills.

He distributes the ball judiciously to his teammates and is usually the second or third option.

Let’s hope sometime in the future, there’ll be a headline that redas “Local Boy Done Good.”


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