The saga of Taylor King -- as detailed in comprehensive fashion by blog brother Diamond here -- has been one of maddeningly inconsistent decision making.
A 6-foot-6 hoops prodigy by the time he hit eighth grade, King committed to UCLA at age 15. Fanfare ensued. At one point, King pledged that he had "no intention of going to another school." After which, of course, he re-opened his recruitment, and eventually chose Duke instead.
After an unsuccessful year at Duke, King transferred to Villanova. In June, the now-22-year-old forward left the team due to a violation of team rules. Despite this dismissal, King said he planned to stay at Villanova to earn his academic degree.
Again, he quickly changed his mind. King announced that he would be transferring to USC, where he would sit out the 2010-11 year as a walk-on. He would also attend USC's renowned film school. It might not be the most realistic major of all-time, but hey, follow your dreams, right? (Some day you could work on a really bad Kevin Smith movie! Hollywood, you guys!)
And -- sigh -- here comes another botched decision, which brings us back to the present day: A USC spokesman announced Tuesday that King would not be transferring to USC as a walk-on, and a "source close to USC" told the Los Angeles Times that King's reason for changing his mind was cost. King "didn't want to pay" tuition, room and board, as well as the rest of the exorbitant fees college kids across the country are forced to pay. USC, at around $41,000 per year for tuition, room and board, is one of the most expensive. It's kind of hard to blame him.
Instead, King will take his talents to ... drum roll, please ... Concordia. Wait -- where?
Yes, King chose to play at California Concordia College, an NAIA school, because he will be allowed two years of eligibility instead of one. Which means throughout his once-brilliant basketball career, Taylor King has been involved with UCLA, Duke, Villanova, USC, and Concordia. Let's hope King's story doesn't end there.