A power-hitting switch hitter who transitioned to third base prior his sophomore year... One of the top-returning hitters two years ago and will look to regain his 2009 form after sitting out 2010 due to an injury.
Junior (2010): Redshirted due to an injury... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Sophomore (2009): Was instrumental to the Wildcats' first ever NCAA Regional appearance, while he helped K-State to the top team batting average in the Big 12 and third-best in school history... Was also a vital part in helping the Cats set school records for single-season hits and stolen bases... Started all 62 games, tying the school record for games played and started in a season... Was one of six Wildcats who hit .300 or better, recording a .316 (78-for-247) batting average with 16 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 61 RBI... His five triples were the most by a Wildcat since Heath Schesser had eight in 1997... Was also 14-for-16 in stolen-base attempts... Named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 after finishing tied for second in the conference in triples, seventh in RBI and tied for 10th in stolen bases... Set the single-season record for at bats (247), while he finished eighth in school history in RBI, tied for 10th in sacrifice flies (5) and ninth in total bases (125)... Also moved into the school's career top-10 chart for sacrifice flies with 10... Tied for second on the team with 25 multi-hit games, including two three-hit contests... Also had multi-RBI games 14 times, including a pair of five-RBI contests... Was second on the team with 24 two-out RBI... Started the season on fire as he tallied six-straight two-hit games to open the season... Went 2-for-6 with a double, a home run and four RBI in the season opener at Houston... Backed that up with a 2-for-5 outing with another two RBI against the Cougars... Went 3-for-3 with a double, a homer and five RBI against No. 4 Arizona State... Was 2-for-5 with a double and a home run at No. 2 Texas, teaming with former Wildcat Justin Bloxom to hit back-to-back homers... Went 2-for-4 with a double and five RBI against North Dakota... Also had a three-RBI game against Niagara and two-RBI contests vs. Nevada, Creighton, Niagara, Oklahoma, Missouri, Baylor and Rice... Earned First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors, was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII selection and was named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Freshman (2008): Played in 55 games, earning 49 starts, including each of the final 42 games... Of his 49 starts, 34 came in right field... Finished third on the team with a .274 batting average... Completed his rookie campaign as the team leader in sacrifice flies (5), third in slugging percentage (.421), third in runs scored (31), third in hits (52), third in doubles (13), third in home runs (5), third in two-out RBI (13) and fourth in RBI (31)... Also recorded 15 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games... Recorded two game-winning RBI singles... Drove in the winning run against Michigan State on March 2 as part of a 3-for-5 day... Came back five days later to drive in another three runs against Le Moyne, the last being the game-winner... Went 2-for-3 with two RBI and his first collegiate home run against Binghamton on March 23... Backed that effort with a 3-for-5 night with one double and a grand slam against Creighton on March 26, which pushed his average to a season-high .308... Was 2-for-4 with two RBI and tallied his first conference home run vs. Texas on April 25... Blasted a three-RBI double in the Big 12 title game against the Longhorns on May 25... Named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Jerome HS: Lettered three years for the Celtics under head coach Chris Huesman... Named the 2007 Ohio Coaches Player of the Year, Ohio High Magazine Player of the Year and a Second Team All-American by EA Sports following a stellar senior campaign... Led his team to sectional and district championships in 2007... Was a three-time all-district and All-Central Ohio selection... Hit .396 in his three-year career with 25 doubles, seven triples, 10 home runs and 63 RBI... Hit .477 his senior year with eight doubles, seven homers and drove in 25 runs... Twice was selected the offensive player of the year for his summer club, the Columbus Cobras, winning the triple crown both years... Was selected to play on the Midwest Redbirds, a fall select team for the St. Louis Cardinals organization... Also selected to participate in the East Coast Professional Showcase.
Personal: Jason Ellwood King was born June 14, 1989, in Columbus, Ohio... Son of Jeff and the late Susan King... Has a younger brother, Jared, who is a freshman at K-State... Father, Jeffrey, played baseball at Ohio State and played professionally in the New York Yankees minor league system... Grandfather, Frank, played four years of football at Ohio State under legendary coach Woody Hayes, including during the 1954 national championship season... Majoring in marketing.