In five years, Roncalli alumnus Jimmy King, has transformed himself into a leader for the UIndy men’s basketball team. King is a redshirt senior for the Greyhounds as they are in good shape to returned to the Division II NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.
“I’ve been here for five years so I hope I’ve grown a lot,” King said. “Just maturity. Learn from the guys before me.”
King signed with UIndy and coach Stan Gouard in 2015. Two years later, Gouard asked King to take on more of a leadership role with the program.
“Coach always said I’m a coach on the floor. Try to be an extension of him on the floor and try put the team in the best position to score and win the game,” King said.
It’s working, UIndy is 14-4 and upset No. 1 Bellarmine on the road Jan. 20. King had 12 points and a game-high in assists at six in that contest.
The success had to work around some adversity as King sat out the 2017-18 season due to injury but returned last year and earned a spot on the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference team. King hopes to end his tenure at UIndy on a high note with a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
“That’s the biggest accomplishment I want to go out with my senior year, an NCAA Tournament berth. Also, I want to win a ring here. So I want to get to the GLVC championship and win a championship there and go on to the final four,” King said.
A deep postseason run didn’t happen for King when he was at Roncalli, but he did lead the Rebels to 15-7 record his senior year in 2015. When he graduated, he held several school records including single-game points (46), single-season scoring average (24.4), single-season points (536), single-season free throw percentage (.908) and career assists (280).
UIndy’s close location played a big in King’s recruitment.
“I like all the guys, like the coaches it’s the reason that I came here but I also like staying on the southside as its close to home,” King said.
After the season is over, King is optimistic he can continue to play overseas. If he can’t King is earning a Masters in Business Administration at UIndy that he plans to make use of.
“We play Thursdays and Saturdays,” King said. “Come check out the Hounds.”