CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia State University men's basketball team is different with Dominic "Bo" King in the lineup.
Glenville State Coach Stephen Dye knows why.
King, the former Charleston Catholic High School All-State player resumes his final semester of eligibility Saturday when the Yellow Jackets face Glenville State at Jesse R. Lilly, Jr. Gymnasium in a Mountain East Conference matchup.
"The difference is like night and day, night and day," said Dye, whose Pioneers will face King for the first time since the 2010-11 season. "He's a dynamic player. He has that cockiness, but not too arrogant. He knows how to play the game."
Glenville State (5-3, 2-2 MEC) has never beaten State (3-4, 0-4) with King in the lineup. In those four meetings, King averaged 25 minutes, 9.3 points, four rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.75 steals and only 1.75 turnovers.
"He's a dynamic player," Dye said. "He has that cockiness, but not too arrogant. He knows how to play the game. You have to approach that team accordingly. He can hurt you outside and in transition."
This will be the 24-year-old's third game this season and State is 2-0 in contests he's appeared - non-conference road victories over Davis & Elkins and Bluefield State. He had 14 points, two rebounds, a steal and three turnovers in 26 minutes of an 89-85 win against the Senators and 24 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and four turnovers in 37 minutes of an 83-76 victory versus the Big Blues.
"I knew he would make a major impact," State Coach Bryan Poore said. "As soon as we put him on the floor, the other players really just felt comfortable with him out there."
King has experienced a whirlwind basketball career since being named the Daily Mail's Kanawha Valley Player of the Year in 2007. The well-rounded guard spent a year at Fork Union Military Academy before signing with Division I Presbyterian University.
He participated in four games before December 2008 for the Blue Hose, averaging eight points and 16.25 minutes. While viewpoints differ concerning his departure from Presbyterian, King said at the time, "things just didn't go as they should have."
His return to the Kanawha Valley was met with much fanfare, as he joined Josh "Cookie" Miller, another former Daily Mail Player of the Year, at State.
King and Miller combined to averaged 35.4 points as State finished second in the 2010-11 West Virginia Conference regular season. State won the WVC Tournament crown with a championship game win over West Liberty, the last time the Hilltoppers didn't claim the now-defunct league's tourney crown.
With Miller's graduation and King owning a year of eligibility, it was to be King's team in 2011-12 until he was dismissed in the spring of 2011 for a violation of team rules.
He took classes at the University of Charleston, but his return to the State lineup was never guaranteed.
At the time of his dismissal from Poore's team, the coach said there was "no chance" of King being reinstated. "It's sad to come to this, but our program is bigger than any one player."
However Poore, who is in his 15th season at State with a 270-156 record, had a change of heart.