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KRISTINA KING'S BLOG
180cm / 5'11'' - Shooting Guard / Small Forward - 1992
Kristina King Basketball Career
Born: Dec.25, 1992|
Kristina King is a great scorer, that can run the court with the ball very easily and can penetrate. She is a good short and long distance shooter. She is coming from a very big program the University of Richmond, where she was a leader for her school. She can play equally the position of Shooting Guard and Small Forward.
(HS) Alpharetta, GA (Milton HS)
2010-2011: Richmond (NCAA, starting five): 12 games: 6.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 34.7%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 86.4%
2011-2012: Richmond (NCAA): 25 games: 5.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 90.6%
2012-2013: Richmond (NCAA, starting five): 32 games: 13.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.4apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 37.2%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 82.4%
2013-2014: Richmond (NCAA, starting five): 29 games: 12.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 28.4%, FT: 81.8%
2014-2015: CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca (Romania-Liga Nationala): 15 games: 16.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg, Steals-2(2.7spg), FGP: 38.4%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 73.7%, in Jan.'15 moved to U.M.F. Grindavik (Iceland-Dominos League, starting five): 16 games: 17.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-5(3.1spg), Blocks-4(1.4bpg), FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 71.2%
2015 Fall: WUBA Pre Draft Camp (Atlanta, GA)
2015: drafted by GIE Lady Matrix (WUBA,1rd(3))
2015-2016: GIE Lady Matrix (WUBA, starting five): 14 games: Score-1(22.1ppg), 6.9rpg, Assists-1(6.3apg), Steals-3(2.3spg), 1.0bpg, FGP-2(49.8%), 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 81.1%
2016: Team France (Eurobasket Summer League in Atlanta): 3 games: Score-1(14.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-1(4.6apg), Steals-3(1.6spg), FGP: 45.8%
2016: Atlanta Dream (WNBA) mini-camp
2016: Team Taiwan (Eurobasket Summer League in Atlanta2): 3 games: Score-2(17.3ppg), 5.0rpg, Assists-1(8.3apg), Steals-3(2.0spg), FGP: 49.8%, in June moved back to
2016-2017: Esperance Sportive Pully (Switzerland-LNA): 19 games: 20.2ppg, 7.9rpg, 4.4apg, 3.2spg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 80.9%; Switzerland Cup: 3 games: Score-2 (23.7ppg), 8.0rpg, Assist-3(5.0apg), 3.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 88.0%
2017: In May moved to GIE Lady Matrix (WUBA, starting five)
All-Atlantic 10 3rd Team -14
Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team -14
Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Imports Team -15
Icelandic League Semifinals -15
Icelandic Powerade Cup Winner -15 (MVP)
USA National Team -15-16
William Jones Cup in Taiwan -15: 5 games: Score-6(14.0ppg), Reb-5(7.1rpg), Assist-3(4.0), Blocks-5(1.0), Stl-2(2.4spg), FGP: 45.1%, 3FGP: 37.9%, FT: 70.0%
Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 2nd Team -15
Latinbasket.com All-Mitchell Americas Cup Best Player -16
Latinbasket.com All-Mitchell Americas Cup Best Guard -16
Latinbasket.com All-Mitchell Americas Cup 1st Team -16
Mitchell Americas Cup Finalist (Dominican Republic) -16: 3 games: Score-1(25.7ppg), 8.0rpg, Assists-1(8.0apg), 2.3spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 28.6%, FT: 91.3%
WUBA All-Star Rookie-Vets Game -16
WUBA All-Star Game -16, 17
EuroBasket Summer League in Atlanta (1st session) Winner -16
All-EuroBasket Summer League in Atlanta (1st session) 1st Team -16
All-EuroBasket Summer League in Atlanta (1st session) MVP -16
EuroBasket Summer League in Atlanta (2nd session) Winner -16
EuroBasket Summer League in Atlanta (2nd session) All-Star Game -16 (MVP)
EuroBasket Summer League in Atlanta (2nd session) Co-MVP -16
All-EuroBasket Summer League in Atlanta (2nd session) 1st Team -16
USBasket.com All-WUBA Co-Player of the Year -16
USBasket.com All-WUBA Forward of the Year -16
USBasket.com All-WUBA Rookie of the Year -16
USBasket.com All-WUBA Playoff 1st Team -16
USBasket.com All-WUBA 1st Team -16
USBasket.com WUBA All-Defensive 2nd Team -16
USBasket.com WUBA All-Rookie 1st Team -16
WUBA Finalist -16
Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup Best Forward -16
Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 1st Team -16
William Jones Cup in Taiwan -16 (Bronze): 5 games: Score-1(19.2ppg), Reb-2(8.8rpg), 1.8apg, Steals-3(2.4spg), FGP: 37.8%, 3FGP: 40.7%, FT: 71.6%
| The Waiting Game...Yeah It's Tough- Apr.29, 2016 (by Kristina)|
WNBA training camp has started and European leagues are coming to an end. Teams are trying to finalize their rosters and overseas leagues are starting to sign new talent. With the first Eurobasket Summer League Pre-Draft Camp finished, it has now become a waiting game to see what offers will come through, and who ends up where in the fall. It's an exciting time,yes! Teams are expressing interest, and opportunities are beginning to knock on your door. But at the same time, having to stay... [read more]
WNBA training camp has started and European leagues are coming to an end. Teams are trying to finalize their rosters and overseas leagues are starting to sign new talent. With the first Eurobasket Summer League Pre-Draft Camp finished, it has now become a waiting game to see what offers will come through, and who ends up where in the fall.
It's an exciting time,yes! Teams are expressing interest, and opportunities are beginning to knock on your door. But at the same time, having to stay patient and wait to see what comes through is tough to do.
Here is a run-down of what the last couple weeks have been like for me, including some tips to stay sane while playing the waiting game.
Eurobasket Summer League With Marynell Meadors
As the former Head Coach/General Manager for the Atlanta Dream and a coach for the U.S.A. National Team, you could say there was a lot to learn from this amazing woman. That Friday night, Coach Meadors took the time to run us through a 2 hour workout that was similar to how a WNBA training camp practice would run.
We started with fundamental ball handling, then transitioned into full-court passing and drills such as the 3-man weave. She explained that even though these drills seemed rudimentary, every WNBA team that she worked with started practice with these simple drills. Something that stuck with me is that you can be the most athletic person in the world, but if you don't have basic fundamentals and an understanding of the game of basketball (Basketball IQ), it will be hard to succeed at the next level.
After the fundamental drills, we moved right into shooting drills. These were focused on how efficient and consistent you can be. As a pro, you need to be able to knock down shots consistently above 70% without defense and above 50% with defense. Keep this in mind when you are practicing because it will help you become more consistent when you transition into games.
The shooting drills consisted of these spots on the floor:
-Mikan drill (lay-ups)
-Block to block
-Elbow to elbow
-5 spot shooting mid-range
-5 spot shooting 3-point
We started with the Mikan drill (lay-ups), then moved from block to block, and then elbow to elbow. We took 10 shots at each spot with the goal of making the most in the least amount of time. Then we transitioned into 5-spot shooting mid-range followed by long distance shooting drills behind the 3-point line going around and back for a total of 10 shots.
Once every group had finished the drill we split up into teams and played 5-on-5 for the remaining hour. It was extremely competitive and a lot of fun seeing how you match up against top talent.
Basketball, Basketball, and even more Basketball
The weekend was going to feel like AAU Basketball all over again. The days where you spent all of your hours in a gym running from game to game with a cooler in the back seat of the car so you would have snacks and Gatorade in between. Everyone remembers those glory days!
Saturday morning I arrived at the gym around 8:45 am. I wanted to get there a little early to get up shots and warm-up properly before we began. I knew it was going to be a long day, so I had to make sure I was well prepared and stretched. Games were played back to back starting at 9:30 am and ending at 3:00 pm. They were full 40-minute games with 10 people per team competing.
On top of the Eurobasket games, we also had our WUBA league games that night. We played against a team from Oklahoma and won soundly. After the day was over, I was exhausted (having played 3 full games) and ready to pass out and prepare for championship Sunday.
Sunday - Championships
Sunday began later because there were only 2 games for Eurobasket, the last league game and the championship 'All-Star' game.
The All-Star game was a match-up between the top talent from the camp, which included many girls from Friday night. Aaliyah Whiteside, Deja Middleton, and LaToya Bond were a few of the athletes participating in this game. Coach Michael Cooper, Head Coach of the Atlanta Dream, was also in attendance for the game, which was extremely exciting to get to play in front of someone who coaches at the highest level of women's basketball.
The game began with a lot of scoring and going back and forth with lead changes. My team finally turned it up on defense to get a few steals that we converted into transition baskets to pull away with the lead. After that, it was no looking back, and we finished out the game with the win, making us the Eurobasket Summer League Champions.
After the game, the Eurobasket All-Tournament Team was announced and I was honored to be named as part of the 1st team.
Eurobasket Summer League 1st Team:
Along with being named to the first team, I received Best Guard and MVP honors for this camp. It was an awesome experience and a blessing to earn these awards. I felt really good about my performance in the camp and it has only motivated me even more to keep pushing and getting the most out of the sport I love.
My motivation was sparked even more a couple of days later when I received a call from the Atlanta Dream inviting me to a private workout to compete for a spot in their training camp.
WNBA Private Workout
The opportunity to participate in a 30-minute private workout with the Atlanta Dream was incredible. It was, to say the least, a little intimidating, but a dream come true at the same time. I'm not going to lie, I had to calm my nerves in the car before and talk myself through the anxiety. It becomes such a mental game at this level and the ability to stay consistent, even when you're uncomfortable or nervous, is a great quality to have.
I walked into the gym and was immediately greeted by Head Coach Michael Cooper, who explained how the workout was going to go. It was only 30 minutes, but it was just me and an assistant coach going through the different drills while the other coaches sat on the sideline evaluating.
Talk about no pressure!
Honestly though, I was there and I had a moment to make the most of this chance I was given. The workout was tough, consisting mainly of shooting (both on the move and catch-and-shoot) and ball handling drills leading to shots. Before I could move on to the next drill, I had to make 7.
I felt really good about my performance in the workout. It was tough, but I consistently hit my shots at a high efficiency. Walking out of the workout, I felt confident that whether I got a call or not, I did my best. I didn't let the stage I was on affect my game.
So yesterday was the first official day of training camp for the WNBA. I didn't receive a call that I had made a spot on the team; however, that hasn't discouraged me from continuing to chase my dreams.
I have gained even more confidence in my game and I'm starting to come into my own being more comfortable in what I bring to the table. This is going to help me immensely when I go back overseas and have to lead another team.
So How Do You Stay Sane?
Waiting around to see what happens is tough. The key is to stay busy and focused on what your end goal is. Approach every workout and pick-up session focused on a specific aspect of your game that you want to get better. Trust me, there is always something to improve on, and seeing results keeps you moving forward.
Right now, the next event on my plate is the WUBA All-Star game on May 22. If you're in Atlanta that weekend, feel free to come out and support our event by purchasing a ticket.
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| ProHoops Combine Recap- Apr.29, 2016 (by Kristina)|
Whew. After a long and tough day of competing, the combine has officially come to an end. I learned so much and competed against some of the top Division 1 talent coming out of college. Having never done a combine before, it was an awesome experience that I would encourage others to participate in (pending you do your research and check out my previous blog to understand what's best for you). So here's a recap of how the day went. Rise and Shine The morning session consisted of a warm-u... [read more]
Whew. After a long and tough day of competing, the combine has officially come to an end. I learned so much and competed against some of the top Division 1 talent coming out of college. Having never done a combine before, it was an awesome experience that I would encourage others to participate in (pending you do your research and check out my previous blog to understand what's best for you). So here's a recap of how the day went.
Rise and Shine
The morning session consisted of a warm-up, transition drills, and breakdown stations to get ourselves prepared for scrimmaging later on in the day. We spent the first hour going through arguably one of the most intense warm-ups I have ever had (not your typical sit down and stretch before practice lazy period). It wasn't difficult, but it definitely got your heart pumping and worked up a sweat which is technically what a warm-up should do. The energy in the gym was electric and competitive, yet encouraging, which was exciting to see when so many girls are chasing the same dream.
Bring Your 'A' Game
After the morning session, we quickly broke into our teams to start scrimmaging. There was a quick review to run through the plays we touched on in the breakdown drills, but after that it was game time. The games were 20 minutes with a running clock, but with the size of the camp and 10 girls per team, we rotated every 5 minutes. That means you had 10 minutes per game to showcase what you had in front of the agents, scouts, and coaches.
Nerve Wracking? I think so!
What Should Your Mindset Be?
My thoughts going into the scrimmages were to just let the game come to me. I did just that by starting off the first 2 possessions with a defensive stop and a steal. The more comfortable I got, the better I became on the court. By the 3rd game, I felt in my element making plays and determining the right reads for myself and teammates.
We took an hour lunch break halfway through the 4 games scheduled that day. During that time, there was a panel of ex-WNBA and Olympic athletes who shared some insight into their experiences and what it's like being on the next level. It was great getting to pick the brains of people who have been there and experienced the success we were all trying to attain. It was definitely inspiring and made me want to work even harder to get what I want out of my basketball career.
My team finished the day 3-1 and showcased our talent in front of over 25 agents/overseas coaches and 36 WNBA representatives. With those numbers, you can definitely see that the combine was beneficial in regards to getting in front of the right people to find you a job (whether in the WNBA or overseas).
After all of the camp games, there was a 'Top 20' showcase game that was determined by the coaches and WNBA representatives to evaluate talent further and see certain match-ups. I didn't get chosen for this game; however, I'm not discouraged by any means. I gathered great feedback from the coaches and know what to implement into my game to become an even stronger force on the court.
So What's Next?
Overall, the camp was an amazing learning experience and another opportunity to be evaluated against top talent. I took away key things that I can improve on in order to better my options for going overseas in the Fall.
Something they kept telling us was to 'bring your A game' and not to wait until it was too late to make a statement. Maybe if I didn't wait until the 3rd game to branch out and become a dominant player on the court, I would have made that all-star showcase.
What I can say, and the advice I have for you all is to bring it from the minute you step out on the court and not let up until the buzzer sounds in the last game.
Don't waste time 'feeling out' the team and trying to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your teammates. I'm not saying don't be a smart team player. I am saying to make your statement from the beginning and establish yourself as a leader WITHIN THE CONFINEMENTS OF YOUR GAME. Go out there and dominate doing what you do. That doesn't always have to be scoring. If you're strength is rebounding, then go out there and get every single rebound on both ends of the floor and dominate in that way. Do what got you to this point and do it to the best of your ability.
Since the ProHoops Combine, I have been preparing for the Eurobasket Summer League Pre-Draft Camp in Atlanta, GA this weekend (April 8-10). I have been selected to participate in a private workout hosted by ex WNBA Coach of the Year, Marynell Meadors and I am so excited to get another opportunity to go against top talent.
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| The Road to the Final Four- Apr.29, 2016 (by Kristina)|
Combines, Coaches, Careers...Oh My! After my senior year of college basketball was finished, my coach called me into his office to talk about an opportunity to go to an invitation-only combine that was the same weekend as the Final Four. I had expressed to him my interest in playing basketball at the professional level since I was a freshman, but being the naive senior I was and not very knowledgeable about the best route to playing overseas, I decided not to go. My idea of the camp was... [read more]
Combines, Coaches, Careers...Oh My!
After my senior year of college basketball was finished, my coach called me into his office to talk about an opportunity to go to an invitation-only combine that was the same weekend as the Final Four. I had expressed to him my interest in playing basketball at the professional level since I was a freshman, but being the naive senior I was and not very knowledgeable about the best route to playing overseas, I decided not to go. My idea of the camp was that it was mainly for people who wanted to play in the WNBA and therefore if you were pursuing professional basketball overseas it wouldn't be as beneficial. What I didn't realize was that the more people see you and evaluate your game, the better off you will be. The truth is, multiple agents, GM's, and coaches are present at these events.
Two years later, I have the same opportunity to go to this Final Four combine put on by ProHoops in Indianapolis this weekend and I am definitely not missing it this time around.
Do Basketball Combines Help Take My Career to the Next Level?
I wish there was a simple answer to this question. However, it goes both ways. Some camps are really good and others can be a scam. Many of these types of events promise overseas exposure in front of the 'right' people. But after spending a significant amount of money on registration fees, flights, and hotels, you show up to the camp and there are only a few in the stands watching you compete. I think it's safe to say that your money was not well spent. In this case, the combine did not help your career.
On the other hand, there are combines, like ProHoops, that have a significantly higher chance of getting your name on the map and finding an agent. While I haven't attended one before, I have had many friends who have participated and have had positive feedback from the event.
So honestly, combines can and can't help in taking you to the next level.
How Do I Decide Which Basketball Combine to Go To?
RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH! The best answer I can give you is to do your research. Of course there are some events that have a better reputation than others such as the ones associated with the Final Four, Eurobasket, and the WNBA. However, it is still important to do your research and figure out which is the best event for you. Your situation will be different than someone else's (financials, location, etc.).
Questions you should consider when researching basketball combines:
-Where is the event located?
-Who hosts the event?
-What countries/coaches/general managers/agencies have been to this event?
-What athletes have attended this event?
-Did they receive jobs as a result?
-Are there any testimonials of people who have participated?
-Has my college coach heard of this event?
-Does my college coach recommend this event?
-Am I prepared for this opportunity?
Last but Not Least, Make the Most of This Opportunity
Of course there are going to be nerves and anxiety at events such as these. Having WNBA coaches and agents sit in the stands evaluating your game is nerve-wracking. Shoot, I would be lying if I didn't say that I was nervous about this weekend. What I CAN say is that you will never get this moment back. You don't want to go home after the event (having spent all that time and money) wishing that you had just relaxed and played your game. At the end of the day, it's a game you've been playing for years. So with that being said, when you decide on an event and commit to going, capitalize on every opportunity you have while you are on the court. As cheesy as it sounds, the scouts aren't looking for you to be somebody you're not. Play your game and play with confidence. When it's all said and done, you will be pleased with the results.
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