A prominent member of the basketball team when the program enjoyed great success, Barry King had an outstanding senior season. The Texarkana native moved from his previous position of forward to guard, where he excelled. He was selected first-team all-Border Conference as he led the league in field goal accuracy (51.2%) and led the league in free throw accuracy (89.6%). He was the co-captain of the last HSU team that played in the NCAA Division I Tournament, a 68-57 loss to Idaho State. King also had 20 points in the Cowboys 78-60 victory at Texas Tech, which was the worst home defeat for the Red Raiders that season. He was Junior Class President and was President of Cowboys for Christ his senior year.
After his graduation from HSU, King earned two Master's Degrees in accounting and economics and earned his Ph.D. in accounting at Ohio State University. He taught at Oklahoma State University and the University of Houston before teaching at the University of North Texas for 25 years. King returned to HSU in 1990 and served as Johnson Professor of Accounting and Chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics until 1995.