George King has been a very busy man. But not too busy to prepare for a possible future in the NBA.
On Monday, King was at the Denver Nuggets’ first official pre-draft workout alongside Colorado State standout Gian Clavell and Nelson Kahler of Colorado State-Pueblo, Eric Mika of BYU, Yante Maten of Georgia and star player Jacob Wiley of Eastern Washington.
The workout served as a showcase for the Denver Nuggets organization to evaluate potential draft targets. King spoke to media after the workout and addressed the looming question of whether he is entering the draft or returning to Colorado for his senior season.
Multiple reports last week said that King was returning to play for the Buffs in 2017-18, yet he still participated in the Nuggets’ pre-draft workout.
King had originally entered his name in the NBA Draft’s early entry list, but did not hire an agent just to see how much attention his name could garnish.
At the workout, he gave his long awaited answer.
“This is obviously my dream” said King. “It’s a good opportunity to come over here and test the waters and show what I can do in front of the coaches with the Nuggets.”
On if he’d be keeping his name in before Wednesday’s deadline and entering the draft or returning back for his senior season he said, “I’m going back.”
His return to the University of Colorado is a sigh of relief for Buffs fans and great news for Tad Boyle’s and the Buffaloes. King will be the veteran leader of the team and will be the returning leading scorer and rebounder to a young bunch.
As far as the benefit of working out for the Nuggets even though he knew he’d be returning to college next year, King said, “That’s why I was so excited to do it. I’m going back, but to come out and test the waters now is best because next year I’ll have experience doing it already, I won’t be a deer in the headlights.”