It's understandable if Taylor King sounded a little down yesterday. After all, his favorite athlete, Tiger Woods, failed to capture his fifth Masters title.

But King was very excited to talk about his transfer to Villanova to play basketball for coach Jay Wright.

King, a 6-6, 230-pound forward who completed his freshman season for Duke this year, will join Wright's team for the 2009-10 season after sitting out the required year for a transfer.

"Nothing against Duke, but it's time for a change," said King, who starred at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., where he became the fourth-leading scorer in state history and was named Mr. Basketball following his senior season. "I needed to explore other places. Villanova is a true family atmosphere where everyone's got each other's back."

King played in 34 games for coach Mike Krzyzewski this past season, averaging 5.5 points. He shot 41.4 percent from the floor and made 43 three-pointers. In his first collegiate game, he scored 20 points against North Carolina Central and posted a career-high 27 in a win over Eastern Kentucky in the sixth game of the season. In his first 13 games for Duke, King scored in double-figures six times.

"I took an unofficial visit [to Villanova] before committing to Duke," King said. "I know Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes very well. We played on different all-star teams and club teams and camps and stuff. I played against Scottie Reynolds in high school.

"I have extended family in Philly, my godparents live there. I love the city. It's a nice, big city that's very supportive of Villanova basketball." *