By LARRY VAUGHT
Lincoln County’s Emma King often is compared to Kentucky standout Maci Morris, a comparison King takes as a huge compliment.
Morris grew up a UK fan in Bell County, was a standout player and committed early to UK. King has always been a Kentucky fan and committed before her junior season.
So what advice would Morris have for King as she prepares to start her UK career after playing in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Games.
“Same as I told Blair (Green of Harlan County). The first year will be the hardest year because of so many adjustments. You have to focus on basketball and school. Make sure you take care of business on the court and the classroom,” Morris said.
King, like Morris, has not played on the big stage like she’ll face at UK even though Lincoln did play a rugged schedule this past season like Morris faced at Bell before heading to UK.
“My accent made me, not embarrassed, but I do not really know the word,” Morris said. “I was used to just a few interviews, not many. At Kentucky I just kind of embraced the publicity you get from TV stations, ESPN, SEC Network. It’s an opportunity to share your story and let people know who you are.”
Morris said the transition is not as hard as some might expect because the players mainly stay together.
“Now people kind of notice us but my freshman year we stuck together and kept our heads on and stayed in the gym and worked on school work,” Morris said. “We weren’t really out acting a fool or nothing like that. She will be the same. You just get focused on what you have to do and the big stage won’t get to you.”