Taylor King

USC film school lured Taylor King

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Maybe the third time will be the charm for Taylor King. Or maybe he’ll at least attract some talent scouts.

King, a Southern California native, will transfer to USC after stops at Duke and Villanova in his college career. The 6-6 swingman will sit out a season before having one year of eligibility left for the 2011-12 season. A deciding factor? Making movies.

“I felt it suited me best to be at USC because of the long-term deal,” King told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m a communications major and I hope to do something in the film industry and USC has the No. 1 film school in America. It’s not like it was a no-brainer, but it was a great spot for me to go.”

Maybe it was the only spot.

King also considered two NAIA schools. He reportedly left Villanova in late June after violating team rules, but he hasn’t clarified what happened. He played one season for the Blue Devils, but left for what mostly seemed to be a desire for more playing time. He got that at ‘Nova. Yet something still didn’t click. Not that he’s telling.

“I’m not going to comment on the past,” he said.

Maybe he’s hoping for a return to form from his high school days at Mater Dei, where he scored 3,214 points, fourth-most in California prep history. He even committed to UCLA when he was 15 before changing his mind at heading to Duke.

And now he’ll end his college career playing for the Bruins’ rivals? King’s come a long way.

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