ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: La Crosse Central senior Kobe King

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Yesterday in La Crosse, Central senior Kobe King received his trophy for Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year. While averaging 27 points and nine rebounds this past season, he helped the Red Raiders win a state title for the first time since 1925. SportScene 13's Chance Dickman goes one-on-one with future Badger in our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week.

-Chance-
Kobe King, Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year. Now that you've got the trophy, how good does it feel?

-Kobe-
"It's exciting. It feels really good. It's something I was striving for as my senior year came to an end, so it's great to have the trophy here in-person."

-Chance-
What does it mean to you to now join that brotherhood of Wisconsin Players of the Year?

-Kobe-
"Like I've said with my other individual awards, it's a testament to my teammates and all of their teammates in the past. You've got to have great teammates to have individual awards. It's just an honor."

-Chance-
Kobe, what was it like to end your senior year with a state championship?

-Kobe-
"It was surreal. It's been something we've been chasing since the 5th grade, that's the first time we played in a state tournament. It's just great to experience with this group of guys. These guys are my brothers and there's no better way to go out."

-Chance-
Can you wrap up your senior year and your time at La Crosse Central?

-Kobe-
"I give all the credit to my teammates and coaches. They put my in position to win awards like these, so I want to be known as a great teammate, good leader in the community, and just a nice person overall because high character is what takes you farthest."

-Chance-
Your basketball career is going to continue now as you go to Madison to be a Badger. For you, what's that experience going to be like to play for the Badgers, play for your home state, and play close to home?

-Kobe-
"Yeah, I'm looking forward to it. That was one of the biggest reasons why I stayed in-state so my friends and family and guys that I've grown up with can still watch me and come down and see me. I can come back and see them as well, so there's no doubt that it's the place I want to be. I think it's a great fit for me."

-Chance-
Is it kind of cool to follow in the footsteps of a guy like Bronson [Koenig] now that he's leaving Wisconsin and you get to enter the men's basketball program?

-Kobe-
"Yeah, him and Matt Thomas I've been close with since I was younger. They reached out to me, so I've known Bronson since 5th grade because we used to work out together and things like that. It's tough to see his senior year end the way it did, but he had a great four years there. Hopefully, I can do the same thing."

-Chance-
When you committed, what did Bronson say to you?

-Kobe-
"He just congratulated me and said to be ready and that it's going to be hard, but you'll have fun."

-Chance-
Did he talk to you about the journey he's been on the last four years, and the things he's been able to do to help you out for when you get there and have that platform as a Division 1 athlete?

-Kobe-
"The only thing he's really preached to me is hard work. I mean, it takes a lot of hard work, everyone is gifted at the next level so work ethic is what puts you over the edge. That's the one thing he's really preached to me."

-Chance-
What is something that people don't know about Kobe King?

-Kobe-
"I used to bowl in a league, actually. I gave it up freshman year, but I was pretty good. Every Saturday morning, I got out of bed, brushed my teeth, and went to the bowling ally for about five or six years."

-Chance-
So, if you could be a professional athlete besides a professional basketball player, would you be a professional bowler?

-Kobe-
"Yeah, I might even do something like that after. All you have to do is take a few steps, so you can bowl for awhile."



 
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