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53 Ronnie King
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  • Senior, 3L
  • Guard 5-11, 178
  • Brandon, Fla.
  • Armwood High School
  • Major: Engineering

A fifth-year walk-on who joined the team in October of 1998… An athletic guard who is one of the squad's top defenders… Brings a great work ethic and intensity to practice every day… One of the hardest workers on the squad… An athletic guard who can get to the rim… Has appeared in 36 games with one career start… 15 of his 30 career rebounds have been on the offensive end… .Attended Basic Cadet Training at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in the summer of 1998… Enrolled at Florida in August of 1998…

AS A JUNIOR IN 2001-02 - Saw action in 20 games after playing just 16 in his first two seasons combined… Made first career start vs. Kentucky (1/29), becoming the first UF walk-on to start since Dan Williams on Feb. 28, 1998 at Vanderbilt… Surpassed his two-year career total minutes played in 10 games… Played 65 minutes in SEC action after logging just five minutes of league action in his first two years… Tallied 22 points after scoring 29 in his first two years… Played in a career-high eight consecutive games (at Vanderbilt to Vanderbilt home game)… Played a career-high 13 minutes vs. Mississippi State… Had career high six points and three rebounds vs. Tennessee… Had career-high five rebounds vs. High Point… Finished the season connecting on 4-of-5 from the field…

AS A JUNIOR IN 2000-01 - Was not eligible to compete after changing his major and falling below required minimum hours towards graduation progress… Practiced with the squad…

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 1999-2000 - Appeared in seven games, tops among walk-ons… Was the only walk-on to play in the NCAA Tournament, seeing action in the first half vs. Illinois… Also saw action in SEC Tournament vs. Ole Miss… Had seven free throw attempts in just 10 minutes played… Tied his career high with six points vs. New Hampshire… Had 12 of his points in three games (New Hampshire, Florida A&M and High Point…

AS A FRESHMAN IN 1998-99 - Appeared in nine games, tops among UF walk-ons… Scored 17 points in just 39 minutes of action… The first sub off the bench in the season opener vs. Georgia Southern… Played in seven of the Gators' first nine games… Scored his first collegiate points with a pair of free throws vs. Georgia Southern… Made his first collegiate field goal vs. Bethune-Cookman… Had a season-high six points vs. Coastal Carolina in a season-high 10 minutes… Had a pair of rebounds in both the Bethune-Cookman and Coastal Carolina games… Saw first career SEC action at Georgia…

PREP - A 1998 graduate of Armwood High School, where he was coached by Doug Walker… The school's all-time leading scorer with 1,272 points… Graduated second in his class and turned down a presidential nomination to West Point and the Air Force Academy to attend the University of Florida on an academic scholarship… Also considered Harvard and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University… Carried a 5.41 weighted GPA… Runner-up for 5A Player of the Year as a senior… Hillsborough County Player of the year as a senior… Team captain… 1998 Brandon Chamber of Commerce Amateur Athlete of the Year… Played in North-South All-Star game in Daytona Beach after senior season… Had 11 points in South team victory… Led squad to state tournament as a junior… Was the only sophomore on the varsity squad… Also ran track as a senior… .

PERSONAL - Born Ronnie E. King II on May 12, 1980 in San Antonio, Texas… Son of Ronnie and Mae King… Father was a captain in the Air Force… He was also a engineering professor at the Air Force Academy and the University of South Florida… His father currently works for the United States Government in computer research… Involved in local church activities… Named Brandon Elks Lodge "Teenager of the Month" in December of 1996… Moved to Tampa area from Colorado Springs, Colorado at age 12… Also lived in Omaha, Nebraska (five years), Hampton, Va. (three years) and Biloxi, Miss. (six months)… 13-year old sister, Veronica, runs track… Good friends with Desmond Allison (Robinson High School and formerly of Kentucky) and Antoine Broxsie (Tampa Bay Technical and formerly of Minnesota… Lists Martin Luther King Jr. as historical role model.

Ronnie King's Career Statistics
Season GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT.  
1998-99 9-0 39 3-6 .500 0-1 .000 11-16 .688
1999-00 7-0 10 4-7 .571 0-0 .000 4-7 .571
2000-01 DNP
2001-02 20-1 113 10-22 .455 0-3 .000 2-4 .500
TOTALS 36-1 162 17-35 .486 0-4 .000 17-27 .630
Season REB AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
1998-99 6 0.7 0 1 0 1 5-0 17 1.9
1999-00 3 0.4 0 2 0 0 0-0 12 1.7
2000-01 DNP
2001-02 21 1.1 5 4 1 7 12-0 22 1.1
TOTALS 30 0.8 5 7 1 8 17-0 51 1.4
Ronnie King's SEC Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT.  
1998-99 1-0 1 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000
1999-00 2-0 2 0-1 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000
2000-01 DNP
2001-02 11-1 65 6-11 .545 0-1 .000 0-0 .000
TOTALS 14-1 68 6-12 .500 0-1 .000 0-0 .000
Year REB AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
1998-99 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 1-0 0 0.0
1999-00 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0-0 0 0.0
2000-01 DNP
2001-02 8 0.7 3 2 0 3 5-0 12 1.1
TOTALS 8 0.7 3 3 0 3 6-0 12 1.1
Ronnie King's NCAA Statistics
SEC GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT.  
1998-99 DNP
1999-00 1-0 1 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000
2000-01 DNP
2001-02 1-0 2 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000
TOTALS 1-0 3 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000
SEC REB AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
1998-99 DNP
1999-00 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0.0
2000-01 DNP
2001-02 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 1-0 0 0.0
TOTALS 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 1-0 0 0.0

King Game Highs
Points
Season 6, vs. Tennessee (2/26/02)
Career 6, 3x, last vs. Tennessee (2/26/02)
Rebounds
Season 5, vs. High Point (12/18/01)
Career 5, vs. High Point (12/18/01)
Field Goal
Season 3, vs. Tennessee (2/26/02)
Career 3, vs. Tennessee (2/26/02)
Field Goal Attempts
Season 4, vs. Tennessee (2/26/02)
Career 4, vs. Tennessee (2/26/02)
3-Point FGs
Season
Career --
3-Point FG Attempts
Season 1, 3x, last vs. Georgia (1/19/02)
Career 1, 4x, last vs. Georgia (1/19/02)
Free Throws
Season 1, 2 x vs. Stetson (12/28/01)
Career 4, Coastal Carolina (11/30/98)
Free Throw Attempts
Season 2, 2x, last vs. Stetson (12/28/01)
Career 5, Coastal Carolina (11/30/98)
Assists
Season 2, vs. Mississippi State (2/2/02)
Career 2, vs. Mississippi State (2/2/02)
Steals
Season 2, vs. Belmont (12/30/01)
Career 2, vs. Belmont (12/30/01)
Blocked Shots
Season 1 vs. Stetson (12/28/01)
Career 1 vs. Stetson (12/28/01)
Minutes Played
Season 13, vs. Mississippi State (2/2/02)
Career 13, vs. Mississippi State (2/2/02)

Misc Stats 2000-01 Career
Three Point Plays 0-0 2-2
First Sub 0 1
Final Three Minutes From Line 1-2 7-13

What People Are Saying About Ronnie King… .

"I thought the difference from an energy standpoint was Ronnie King. We were down seven without him and went up eight with him. What he did was phenomenal."
Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan after King's SEC career-high 12 minute and six point effort vs. Tennessee on Feb. 26th

"Ronnie King in my opinion was the difference tonight."
Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan after King's SEC career-high 12 minute and six point effort vs. Tennessee on Feb. 26th

"Ronnie King, out of everybody, gave 200 percent. He's a guy who doesn't know if he is going to play or not, but when his chance came he stepped up and performed."
Udonis Haslem on Ronnie King on Feb. 26th, 2002

"I really felt that we needed to come out with great defensive intensity and I felt like Ronnie King was as good of a defensive player as anyone we have."
Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan on Jan. 29th 2002

"And Ronnie King far and above works harder than anybody else on the team in practice. His energy and leadership as a walk-on or as any kind of player on our team is tremendous. I don't think our team would be where we are without Ronnie King."
David Lee on Ronnie King's work ethics on Jan.29, 2002

Off The Court with Ronnie King… .

  • Made an impression on former Gator Greg Stolt playing in pick up games who encouraged him to attempt to walk on to the Gator squad
  • Attended Basic Cadet Training at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in the summer of 1998.
  • Graduated second in his class and turned down a presidential nomination to West Point and the Air Force Academy to attend the University of Florida on an academic scholarship. Also considered Harvard and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Carried a 5.41 weighted GPA.
  • Father was a captain in the Air Force. His father currently works for the United States Government in computer research
  • Moved to Tampa area from Colorado Springs, Colorado at age 12… Also lived in Omaha, Nebraska (five years), Hampton, Va. (three years) and Biloxi, Miss. (six months).
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