Ohio County School’s Student Profile: Wheeling Park High School’s Keondre’ King
Wheeling Park High School basketball standout Keondre’ King is having an exceptional junior season.
On Tuesday, the 6’4” junior guard led the Patriots to a 56-36 road victory over Brooke High School. He led the game in scoring with 17 points that included four three-point goals. The win improved Wheeling Park’s record to 9-2, and the Patriot boys basketball team is currently ranked 10th in West Virginia. King is a leader on a 12-player unit that features six juniors and six sophomores.
Wheeling Park Coach Michael Jebbia said King is well liked by his teammates and his classmates. The coach said his player has consistently improved his performance since his freshmen year. Jebbia believes there are great things ahead for King.
“Keondre’ has been a joy to coach over the past three years,” Jebbia said. “He has improved each year and has elevated his game again this season. More importantly, he is a tremendous student at Wheeling Park High School and is well respected in the Wheeling Park community. He has all the tools to have a bright future.”
King said he shares a mutual respect with Jebbia.
“He (Jebbia) is a good coach and a good person,” King said.
King said he likes Wheeling Park High School, and science is his favorite subject. King lists Wheeling Park High School social studies teacher Jacob Galik as his favorite teacher. Galik said King is a pleasure to have in the classroom.
“I have had Keondre’ as a student both semesters of his junior year, and he has worked hard in class,” Galik said. “He has shown a real interest and desire to learn, and it’s clear his work ethic extends to all aspects of his life.”
King said his junior season of basketball has been an exciting one. He said the team suffered a pair of difficult losses to Morgantown and University, but he believes his team is improving. He thinks the Patriots are capable of capturing a state championship.
“You never know,” King said. “Anything is possible.”
King said, regardless of how the current season ends, he has great expectations for the 2018-2019 Patriot hoop season. He noted that the current Wheeling Park squad will return intact next year.
“We are better this year than we were last year,” King said. “So, we should be better next year than we are this year. We have great chemistry, and we’ll have the whole team back.”
King said he plans to attend college, and he hopes to play basketball at the collegiate level. He said he does not yet know what major he intends to pursue. Regardless of where he furthers his education, he knows he will have support of his mother – KeTara Lee, of Wheeling.
“She keeps me focused,” King said. “She wants me to do the best I can. I love her for that.”