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Former UNT hoops standout Earl King to sign book at homecoming

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

North Texas will host a book signing for former basketball player Earl King during its homecoming game against UTEP on Saturday in the HUB Club at Apogee Stadium.

King's book, Critical Decisions: Educational Development Curriculum, was published this year and offers a course of study for young people facing tough choices in life.

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The book addresses gang violence and other issues minority children face and has been endorsed by several prominent figures, including Cornel West, professor of public philosophy at Harvard. It is available on Amazon.

King played for UNT from 1973-76 and went on to play professionally in 13 countries over seven years after a brief stint in the NBA.

King earned his master's degree and doctorate in alcohol and drug counseling and started the No Dope Express Foundation, which aims to prevent young people from becoming involved in drugs and gang violence. 

"It felt right for me to write a book and help people make good decisions in life," King said. "I have had a lot of positive feedback."

King credited his success in basketball and in his subsequent career to his experience at UNT, where he played for UNT Athletic Hall of Fame coach Bill Blakeley.

"North Texas has always been a resource and supportive," King said. "Coach Blakeley told me that he looked at me as a person who would help improve the world."

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