Where Are They Now: Summer King, Class of 2015


A student signs her National Letter of Intent to play Women’s Basketball at Colgate University. Photo/Max Simons

David Moser

Last year, Walpole High School graduated one of its best athletes in school history: Summer King.  King was a four-year varsity athlete for Walpole’s volleyball and girls basketball team.  She also played a season of Spring Track as well. Now, she is in her freshman year at Colgate University, and a member of the Raiders’ girls basketball program.

For both volleyball and basketball, King was a senior captain and a record breaker. She surpassed the 1000 kills mark in volleyball (1021 kills) and the 1000 points mark in basketball (1246 points).  King fell just short of missing the same mark for rebounds, with 988.  She was also the Bay State Conference Herget Division MVP and a four-time Bay State League All-Star in both basketball and volleyball. 

Walpole Alum Summer King being congratulated by her teammates and coach for surpassing the 1000 points mark in basketball.
Walpole Alum Summer King being congratulated by her teammates and coach for surpassing the 1000 points mark in basketball last year.

 King said about her experience at Walpole High, “Being an athlete at WHS was an amazing experience and there is no better feeling than sharing the court with my friends.”

  One of King’s basketball teammates during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, junior captain Mel Weber said “Playing with Summer was awesome and it was so great to watch her make school history.”

After such a successful high school career,  King went on to play basketball for the Division 1 school, Colgate University. As a freshman, she mostly comes off the bench, playing in 13 of 17 games.  However, in Colgate’s game against Bucknell on Jan. 16, King got the start.

Despite starting, she saw only 13 minutes of playing time.  She did, however, shoot one for two from the field – good for two points.  On top of that, she also had four total rebounds – three offensive and one defensive.

Describing the difference between high school basketball and college basketball, King said “College is a lot quicker of a pace and has a more intense type of play.”

King averages seven minutes of play per game (about 76 minutes total this season), but she makes good use of her time, racking up 14 points and 21 rebounds in just her 13 games this season.