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King to Play Professionally in England

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-Former Tiger basketball standout and recent Hampden-Sydney graduate Turner King (Roanoke, VA/Roanoke Catholic) has recently signed a contract to continue his career and play professionally overseas. King becomes a member of the Essex Pirates in the British Basketball League (BBL).

King enters the BBL with an already impressive resume as a four year starter for the Tigers. The three-time All-ODAC selection ended his collegiate career the fourth leading scorer in Hampden-Sydney history with 1,801 points while also helping the Tigers to their 10th ODAC Championship in 2007. As a senior, King led the team averaging 16.8 points-per-game while his 5.8 rebounds-per-game were second best on the team. As a junior he tallied 17.8 points-per-game, but his sophomore years was his best statistically pouring in 19.3 points-per-game.   

"I would like to thank Hampden-Sydney College and the community for supporting me for four years," King commented. "I would also like to thank the basketball coaching staff and players, both past and present, for helping me pursue this lifelong dream. I will always cherish my time here at the College."

Hampden-Sydney head basketball coach Dee Vick added, "We are all thrilled that Turner is making his dream a reality. Turner is the most disciplined and hardest working player I have ever coached. He has been preparing for this all summer, and we look forward to following his success."

The BBL is a a 12-team league that was formed in 1987.  The Pirates are coached by Tim Lewis who is also the Great Britain Basketball U-20 Head Coach.