Name: Kyle King
School: St. Charles North, senior
Why he was selected: King scored a career-high 27 points and had 10 rebounds to lead St. Charles North to a 56-46 victory over Batavia on Dec. 22. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound forward is one of North's intregal pieces as a leader on the court, and following the victory, North coach Tom Poulin noted, "I was really proud of Kyle because he's somebody that wears his emotions on his sleeve."
The Chronicle's sports reporter, Jacob Bartelson, caught up with King following the victory to discuss his performance and more.
Bartelson: The stats speak for themselves, and you did a little bit of everything. From your vantage point, what was the most successful and why?
King: What we talked about before the game was just [working] inside-out. Find the shooters if they double, and if not, just go to work, so that's pretty much what happened.
Bartelson: Batavia is a pretty tough place to play, so how important was this win – certainly in-conference, but heading into the holidays?
King: This was a nice one to get under our belt. We're now 3-0 in conference [and] it's just us and Larkin. [Regarding] keeping our composure, [Batavia] had two technicals and we had zero, so that's why our whole game was just be ourselves and let the basketball [take care of itself].
Bartelson Coach Poulin also mentioned from a leadership-standpoint, this was a really good game for you. From your perspective, what does that mean?
King: I just try to keep our team always positive. Sometimes, if refs aren't having the best calls or whatever, we may get down or something like that. On the defensive end, I'm always communicating. I'm always trying to keep our players ready and aware of what's going on.