If you ask Moses Kingsley about this last year, he would describe it in one word: whirlwind.
Coming to New Albany from Nigeria, Kingsley has won a division championship, played in the state tournament and now has traveled across the country playing AAU ball as well as participating in Lebron James’ summer camp in Akron, Ohio.
“We practiced and had a good time, worked out for two days then played games for three days,” Kingsley said of James’ camp. “It was a lot of fun, and I got to see Lebron and some other good college players. We did not work out with them, but they were there as well as some NBA players that play with Lebron.”
Kingsley was mentioned as one of five standout players after the first day of the camp, but he was quick to say that there were more talented players than him, and he learned a lot from competing against some of the nation’s elite athletes.
“I had to play against bigger guys than me in weight and size, as well as some of the best players; players ranked higher than me, in both the class of 2012 and in my class,” Kingsley said of his competition.
Besides attending the James Skills Camp, Kingsley played for the AAU team Arkansas Wings Elite, which wrapped up their season finishing 10th in the nation, playing in the AAU National Championship in Orlando, Fla.
“It was a good experience,” Kingsley said. “We went to Virginia, Chicago, Dallas, California, and the best of all was the trip to Florida. We got to see Disney World, the ESPN World of Sports, and Universal Studios. It was a lot of fun.”
Among his teammates with the Wings were Archie Griffin of Little Rock, Ark., who is currently ranked as the eighth best player in the class of 2012 and Deshawn McGowan of Pine Bluff, Ark., both players that Kingsley spoke highly of and learned a lot from.
Looking back over the last year, Kingsley said that he has been blessed and is thankful for everything that has happened so far.
“It has been a lot of fun, and I’ve been very fortunate,” he said. “It’s all been God’s grace and it’s a benefit of working hard.”
And his head coach back at home would agree that good things come to the ones who work the hardest.
“I’m just really proud of Moses because he’s worked so hard and come a long way, and he keeps working,” Bulldogs Head Coach Brad Gray said. “He deserves all of the accolades he’s getting. He stays in the gym and stays busy workingoh his game, so it couldn’t happen to a better guy.”
Kingsley noted several areas of his game that he wanted to work on over the summer, mainly free throws, and he said he has seen improvement and is looking forward to the new season in New Albany.
“I really wanted to improve on free throws from last year,” he said. “I could have had more points if I had made those, and in Orlando, I missed one out of eight, so I’m getting better at that.”
As far as his ultimate goal with the Bulldogs, Kingsley made it clear what he wants in 2012.
“I want a ring on my finger this year, and I think we’re going to get it.”