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Kobe King's stock continues to rise

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Kobe King's stock continues to rise. The La Crosse Central junior has now received nine scholarship offers to play college basketball, most recently from the Wisconsin Badgers.

King says Wisconsin was one of the first schools to begin recruiting him, but isn't necessarily the front-runner.

"I think about it a little bit and I talk to the coaches from each school probably weekly, but I never really think about deciding," King said.

To date, Wisconsin, Marquette University, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, Valparaiso University, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Indiana University-Purdue University, the University of Portland and Creighton University have offered scholarships.

King has made three unofficial visits to Madison, but again, has shown no indication he is leaning toward the Badgers.

"I'm going down there in late August I think - that's what (assistant coach Greg Gard) wanted," King said. "So we'll see what happens."

When asked if Bo Ryan's decision to retire will have any implication on his decision, King shook his head no.

"Not too much, especially if Gard gets the job. I really like Gard. I really like Bo too. I know he'll still be around."

The offers are expected to continue to roll in this season. You can expect King to remain humble.

"Some kids, they let it go to their head," junior teammate Bailey Kale said. "He's still the same kid he was four or five years ago. I think that we were a little bit more excited when he got the offer from Wisconsin than he was. I mean that's a big honor."

King was relieved to get the text from Gard, but said he wasn't surprised after seeing members of the Badgers coaching staff while playing in the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships in Las Vegas last week.

With two years of high school remaining, King said he sees himself making a decision at the end of next summer. He wants to play one more AAU season.

KALE'S STOCK RISING TOO

As King draws interest from around the country, so does Kale. To date, Northern Iowa, St. Louis, Illinois-Chicago and Virginia have reached out to Kale.

Kale said he toured the campus of Northern Iowa with King, but hasn't received any official offers yet.

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