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Kings West trio to step up game
Adam Shildmyer, Jesse Reeves and Erik Bright did something that no other Kings West boys basketball team before them had accomplished.
But even months after the Warriors claimed sixth place in their first state basketball appearance at the 2005 WIAA/Dairy Farmers of America B Basketball Championships, the trio is continuing to break new ground.
All three will have the opportunity to take their game to the next level, accepting offers to play college ball in Western Washington.
Shildmyer has committed to play locally at Olympic College, while Reeves signed a letter of intent to play for Seattle Community College. Bright is walking on to the Seattle Pacific University team.
Theyre a special group of kids, Kings West coach Rick Walker said. Ive been privileged to work with them over the last four years. Seeing them fulfill their dream is a good thing to be a part of.
Shildmyer, a 2005 McDonalds All American nominee, averaged 20.3 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Warriors. At 6-feet, 5-inches, Walker was surprised Shildmyer wasnt pursued at higher levels.
I was kind of surprised Adam wasnt given a little more of a serious look at the Division II level, Walker said. I guess there are some things he apparently needs to prove to those coaches.
Playing in the states smallest class last season, Walker said some coaches were likely put off by a lack of tougher opponents at Class B. But he has no doubts that Shildmyer has already proven he can handle competition.
But hes demonstrated that ability playing in tournaments, Walker said. If it means taking a year to show coaches he has what it takes, then he made the right decision.
Since Shildmyer and Reeves both play for NWAACC North Division teams, they will play each other head-to-head to next season. Reeves averaged 11.2 points and 6.8 assists, while Bright put in 13.6 points and 8.4 boards. Since all three are staying in Northwest, Walker said hes excited that fans will get to watch the players continued development.
Fans have always loved watching them, Walker said. Being able to watch them for another year is exciting for them and for me as a coach.
In addition to hoping the trio will return to help encourage the next group of Warrior boys hoopsters, Walker said he just hopes they can continue to reach their goals.
Theyre a determined group, he said. Theyve done what it takes to play at the next level. I wish the best for them in their quest to play at the college level.