One of the best kept secrets in the Midwest, Caledonia (Minn.) 2018 point guard Owen King didn’t give many schools time to catch on. On Sunday, King committed to South Dakota State, jumping on his first scholarship offer.

“I had a great relationship with the coaches,” King told NY2LA Sports. “I really liked the 2017 recruits they have. The style of play they have is great for me. They want me to play point guard, which is what I want.”

South Dakota State was the lone program to offer King in July. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior notified head coach T.J. Otzelberger of his decision.  “Coach Otzelberger was really pumped,” said King. “He was excited and was just glad on board with everything at South Dakota State.”

King took an unofficial visit to South Dakota State in late June.  “I definitely liked the players on the team,” he said. “I got to see them workout for a bit. I liked their coaches a lot too.” 

King was also receiving interest from Northern Iowa, Drake, South Dakota, and North Dakota State.  Becoming South Dakota State’s second commitment in the 2018 class, joining Trevor Hanson (Volga, S.D.), King said it didn’t matter who else offered during the course of his recruitment, he wanted to be a Jackrabbit. 

“I’ve been thinking about it for a couple weeks,” he said. “Even if the other schools offered me, I still liked South Dakota State the best. So why waste my time and the other schools’ time? I just decided to commit.”

King plays with the Wisconsin Playmakers during the travel season.