King’s West trio to step up game

King’s West’s Jesse Reeves drives through the Bremerton defense in a game last season. Reeves will shoot hoops for Seattle Community College next season. - Photo by Jesse Beals
King’s West’s Jesse Reeves drives through the Bremerton defense in a game last season. Reeves will shoot hoops for Seattle Community College next season.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Adam Shildmyer, Jesse Reeves and Erik Bright did something that no other King’s 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.

“They’re a special group of kids,” King’s West coach Rick Walker said. “I’ve 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 McDonald’s All American nominee, averaged 20.3 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Warriors. At 6-feet, 5-inches, Walker was surprised Shildmyer wasn’t pursued at higher levels.

“I was kind of surprised Adam wasn’t 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 state’s 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 he’s 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 he’s 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.

“They’re a determined group,” he said. “They’ve 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.”

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