"The guys were great,'' he said. "Not one of them is selfish at all. They'd rather win than get their individual stats.
"Coach Greene told me coming in, 'I know you're a really good player, but I just want you to play. I don't want you to be a robot, I don't want you trying to just pass it every time. I just want you to play and make plays like you can.' And that's what I've done.''
King, as the team's top returning scorer, probably would have been GW's main man this season had Elmore not transferred back to the Kanawha Valley.
"I've thought of that,'' King said.
But King harbors no ill will about how it all turned out.
"I'm a team player,'' he said, "and if he can step in and do what he does, then that's fine with me. I want to help the team as much as I can.
"He's a great player. I think he's one of the best players in the state. He's helping us a lot - his leadership, his stepping up. He's a big help to us.''
Elmore will certainly receive support for the Evans Award as the state's top player, especially if his scoring average continues on the north side of 30 points - the state's only such average.
But individual accomplishments are merely mileposts on what remains Elmore's intended journey - a return to the state tournament and a different outcome.
"It's kind of cool to see, but I'm not really [interested],'' he said of leading the state in scoring. "I just try to do whatever it takes to win, whether that's 30 points a game or 15 assists or whatever.
"It would be great to get [the Evans Award] and then off to college and have a good career.''
Elmore said coming back to be with family for his senior season wasn't so much mimicking past state players of the year - after all, O.J. Mayo (Huntington) and Noah Cottrill (Logan) did the same thing, leading their teams to AAA titles.
"Once I made my college decision to go to VMI,'' Elmore said, "and later signed with VMI, I kind of felt like my purpose [at Christ School] had been up. I felt like I just wanted to be home spending time with my family and playing back home again.''
His father, Gay Elmore, was a former all-state player at SC and a two-time Southern Conference player of the year at VMI.
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