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Caledonia’s Eli King Commits to Play Basketball at Iowa State

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CALEDONIA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Caledonia standout Eli King will play college basketball at Iowa State University.

The 6-3 guard is a four-star recruit. 247 Sports lists King as the 73rd best player in the Class of 2022.

King is an explosive athlete that affects the game on both ends of the floor. He has also played at the highest levels of Class AA basketball since he was in 8th grade. That experience has helped him create incredible maturity on the court.

In Ames, he'll be coached by former South Dakota State and UNLV Coach T.J. Otzelberger. Otzelberger recruited Eli's older brother, Owen, to SDSU, so the relationship between coach and family was already there.

Eli thinks Otzelberger is the man to turn the Cyclones program around.

"He wants to get the program [and] make it have a blue-collar feel where everybody comes to work every single day and is enjoying it with each other," said King. "I think the whole staff, when I've talked to them, has been together and on the same page, and I think with them bringing in the right guys, we'll be able to turn it around."

King chose the Cyclones over offers from from Minnesota, Iowa, Stanford, Marquette, and Northern Iowa. He also held football offers from multiple Power 5 football programs, including Notre Dame.

It's always been a big question: Which sport would King choose? In the end, he chose basketball, and he feels good about his decision.

"I think [basketball] is just what I enjoy more," he said. "Ever since I was a little kid, I've always enjoyed basketball a little more. I've really like football, but I've always loved basketball. That's just what I saw myself doing in the day-to-day every single day. Working and everything. That was the reason."

Eli did not play basketball this past winter due to an injury. He said he's hopeful to be able to play in July so that he can play a month of AAU. He also plans to play football in the fall.

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Mark Poulose

Mark Poulose is the Sports Director at KTTC.

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