Monday, October 15, 2007

Terps Land Kim

Junior forward Jin Soo Kim attended the opening festivities for the basketball season on Friday night and liked it so much that he decided to commit to Maryland before going back home. Kim is a small forward prospect at high school powerhouse South Kent School in Connecticut, which regularly places players in high Division I programs like Pitt, Syracuse and Washington. Former Maryland 2009 target SG Maurice Creek, now probably out of the picture since Maryland landed SG Sean Mosley, is also going to attend South Kent. There is some confusion as to how tall Kim is, some sites list him at 6'7"-6'9", and what year he is scheduled to graduate. That is probably an indicator of how little scouting services know about Kim right now since he plays for the Korean national team and doesn't participate in the AAU circuit. His coach, Ralph Chillious, is quoted in this article as saying that if Kim had been on the summer circuit of AAU tournaments that he would be a top 30 player in his class. The fact that Gary Williams offered Kim a scholarship after seeing him on the spot tells me all I need to know. There is still no better coach in college basketball at identifying underrated talent than Gary Williams.

Kim is probably a SF at the college level but could bulk up and play PF as well. He has good shooting range out to the 3-point line but can also score in traffic. He is showing some new found aggressiveness and is asserting himself more which is raising his game to another level. When he is passive his rebounding and defense suffer as with most high school players. Kim is still somewhat of a work in progress but his international experience puts him at a significant advantage to most of the American AAU players. After another year at South Kent Kim may be ready to contribute to the Terps right away. He has a good feel for using screens and making cuts on offense which should be music to Gary Williams' ears. He'll fit well in the flex offense.

In other news former Maryland commit Terrence Jennings has given his verbal to Louisville. Not surprising that is where he ended up after transferring to a Pitino feeder prep school.


Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your blog. Great info on Kim. I'm looking forward to a write-up of Gilchrist's committment.

Esquire said...

Thanks, glad you enjoy it. I have posted an entry on Gilchrist. Check out "Let's hope this one turns out better..."