Five-star small forward V.J. King announced his commitment to the University of Louisville on Friday.
King — a 6-foot-6 prospect in the class of 2016 — just wrapped up his junior season for Paul VI in Fairfax, Va., after playing his first two high school seasons in Akron, Ohio. His other finalists included Kentucky, Arizona, UConn and Virginia.
Scout.com ranks King as the No. 18 overall prospect in the class of 2016.
He is Louisville's first commitment for next year, and his pledge to the Cardinals was not surprising.
King took an official visit to U of L last month and spoke highly of that program in the weeks leading up to and following that trip.
Louisville assistant coach Kenny Johnson is a former assistant at Paul VI and a former team official with King's AAU program. He was also the point man in U of L's recruitment of King, who the Cardinals coaching staff followed closely on the spring AAU circuit.
"We've gotten really close," King said in April. "It's definitely a great relationship."
King claimed a scholarship offer from Kentucky after Coach John Calipari watched him work out with a Team USA junior squad last summer, and Calipari visited King at his high school in November. The UK coaching staff kept in touch with King in recent weeks, but he was not a top priority for the Wildcats.
Calipari and his assistant coaches concentrated more on Harry Giles, Malik Monk and Jayson Tatum during the recent Nike event in Lexington that also featured King, who was not among the several class of 2016 prospects that Calipari visited during his series of recruiting road trips in April.
New Zealand standout Tai Wynyard remains UK's only commitment for the class of 2016, though he could enroll in school this December and play the last half of the 2015-16 season with the Cats.