Frankie A. King a 1991 Appling County High School alumnus was honored at the Appling County High School jersey retirement ceremony held January 29 at the ACHS basketball gymnasium. Since his days of amazing Pirate fans, Baxley native Frankie King has made a name for himself.
His hard work as a Pirate earned Frankie a scholarship to play basketball at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick.
Frankie’s play at Coastal caught the eye of legendary coach Benny Dees. Frankie went on to play for Dees at Western Carolina.
Frankie King has been playing professionally for 12 years and is still an efficient player. Throughout his illustrious career as a basketball player, he has always been among the top scorers in the leagues he has played in. Frankie now is the proprietor of King Basketball Academy in Atlanta.
Frankie’s desire is to share his skills with young players who have the desire to become better basketball players, with an emphasis on scoring. Frankie King believes if players are willing to work hard, he can make him/her a threat on the basketball court.
Frankie King’s collegiate career and honors consist of Georgia Junior College Player of the Year and Scoring Champion (Freshman) in 1991-1992; Georgia Junior College Player of the Year and National Scoring Champion (Sophomore) in 1992-1993; Frankie scored 20 or more points in 62 out of 63 games and double figures in all games in junior college; Southern Conference Player of the Year and Third Nationally in Scoring at Western Carolina University (Division I) in 1993-1994; and earned the Southern Conference Player of the Year and Second Nationally in Scoring at Western Carolina University in 1994-1995.
Frankie’s professional career includes was the 37th pick NBA draft for the LA Lakers; 1995-1996-LA Lakers, 1996-1997-Spain/Philadelphia 76Ers (Spanish All-star Team); 1997-1999-Greece (All Star Team); 1999-2000 – Germany; 2000-2001 – France, 2001-2002- Greece, 2002-2003 – France, 2003-2004 – Turkey, 2004-2005 – Cyprus (Champions, MVP of Finals, Player of the Year and Import Player of the Year), 2005-2006 – Cyprus (Champions) and 2006-2007 – Cyprus.