At 6-foot-7, Kevin Reeves provides the Columbus Academy boys basketball staff an inside presence.
Nonetheless, being a drive within the paint is about greater than top, and the Vikings hope their senior submit participant’s talent set will assist them emerge as a menace within the Division III district match.
“We’re simply getting higher,” mentioned Reeves, whose staff was 7-3 total and 2-3 within the MSL-Ohio Division earlier than taking part in Whitehall on Jan. 15. “Each week after an excellent apply, we simply maintain getting higher, so we are able to go fairly far.”
The Vikings opened 2022 with a 47-43 win over Centerburg on Jan. 7 at residence, as Reeves scored a game-high 15 factors whereas contributing 12 rebounds and 5 blocked pictures.
Academy misplaced to Worthington Christian 51-48 on Jan. 11 in league play.
By way of 9 video games, Reeves was averaging staff highs of 15.2 factors, 11.2 rebounds and a pair of.1 blocks.
“He’s taking part in nice and his management has actually superior,” coach Jeff Warstler mentioned. “He’s doing a very nice job. It’s a labor of affection with him as a result of he does the whole lot the precise manner. He’s an superior child.”
Final season, Reeves averaged 11.5 factors and eight.0 rebounds and was first-team all-league and honorable point out all-district. He helped ninth-seeded Academy advance to a district semifinal, which it misplaced 55-40 to top-seeded Worthington Christian.
Reeves performed on the freshman staff within the 2018-19 season earlier than being promoted to varsity as a sophomore and rapidly incomes a beginning spot.
“We knew when he was coming in as a freshman he had potential,” Warstler mentioned. “He simply wanted some seasoning. When he was a freshman, that (varsity) staff was off the charts, so there was no must carry him up. It helped that we may season him.”
Reeves additionally performed on the soccer staff for 3 seasons earlier than opting to go away that sport and deal with basketball. He was a good finish and defensive lineman.
“It was actually onerous not taking part in (soccer) with my buddies, however I really feel like this was a good selection for me simply to attempt to deal with basketball and attempt to discover a faculty I may go to,” Reeves mentioned.
He has dedicated to Division III Bowdoin Faculty in Brunswick, Maine. John Mackenzie, the previous head of faculty at Academy, performed basketball at Bowdoin.
“I wished to go to an honest northeastern faculty,” Reeves mentioned. “Our (former) head of faculty performed basketball there, in order that’s the way it actually got here on my radar. Good lecturers and there’s a bit of little bit of an Academy connection.”
Reeves credit Warstler for his development within the sport.
“He has helped me a lot,” Reeves mentioned. “He was an enormous a part of my recruiting. He was all the time keen to speak to the coaches. He was all the time there to assist me. He’s all the time there to let me find out about sure issues, simply to make me a greater basketball participant.”
Senior guard Tanner Compton and freshman guard Theo Falkenhain have offered the Vikings with stable perimeter capturing, as every had made 13 3-pointers by means of 9 video games. Compton additionally was 17-for-18 from the free-throw line and was averaging 11.7 factors.
“I like the way in which we work,” Warstler mentioned. “I’ve been after them in apply. I keep on them and so they take to it and maintain getting higher. On any given evening, anyone can step by means of. They play onerous and maintain coming after it.”
Academy additionally has been boosted by the return of senior guard Carter James, who made his season debut Dec. 28 within the Briggs Christmas Match. He missed the early a part of the season with a left ankle damage sustained throughout the soccer season and his whole junior season after struggling a left knee damage in soccer.
Academy received the Briggs match, beating the host Bruins 60-54 within the last Dec. 29.
“We’re rebounding rather well and we’re in a extremely great spot proper now,” Reeves mentioned.
This text initially appeared on ThisWeek: Boys Basketball: Reeves delivering in paint for Columbus Academy