There’s been an adjustment period on and off the basketball court for Wes Dreamer after transferring from Class C-2 Elmwood-Murdock to Class A Lincoln East for his senior year.
A much larger school building and more people in the hallways between classes was definitely different for the 6-foot-6, two-time Class C-2 all-stater on his first day of classes.
“Wes asked me the first day of school where the stairs were,” said senior teammate Connor Riekenberg, the only returning starter or letterman from East’s 24-2 team last season that set the school record for victories in a season.
Dreamer said going through team camps and summer league with his new East teammates in June made the transition easier once school started.
“If it hadn’t been for that, I wouldn’t have known anybody when classes started. It was good having friends going into the school year,” said Dreamer, who has a 25-minute drive to school from his home near Alvo. “It was definitely different. It took me a couple weeks to know where all my classes were.”
The Northwest Missouri State signee seems to be finding his way around a Class A basketball court just fine based on how the first two weeks of the season have gone. Dreamer is averaging a team-high 16.5 points and 10 rebounds per game while helping the ninth-ranked Spartans, one of only three teams still unbeaten in Class A, to a 4-0 start.
One of those victories was a 55-47 come-from-behind win over No. 4 Kearney, which features 6-8 Shiloh Robinson, a Division I recruit headed to Liberty next season.
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“The guys I’m going against now are bigger and more athletic than what I saw at Elmwood-Murdock,” said Dreamer, who played his AAU basketball in the Martin Brothers program in Iowa. “I played against David Wingett (a former Winnebago Super-Stater who is now a freshman at Memphis) a couple years ago, and Shiloh was even stronger and more athletic. It’s a challenge every night in Class A.”
Dreamer is doing many of the same things he did at Elmwood-Murdock, where he was an inside-outside threat who averaged 22.2 points and 10.5 rebounds a game as the C-2 all-state honorary captain one year ago.
He projects to be a shooting guard/small forward in college, and East coach Jeff Campbell has used Dreamer in that role at times while also posting him up inside. Dreamer is shooting 51 percent from the field overall (26-of-51) and 44 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
Dreamer had 27 points and nailed 3 of 4 shots from beyond the arc in a 75-65 win over Class B No. 3 Lincoln Pius X in an opening weekend, four-team pod tournament championship game.
Jett Janssen, a 6-4 junior, has taken over post duties from his older brother, all-stater Jordan Janssen, who is now a freshman starter at Wayne State. The younger Janssen is averaging 14 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Spartans, which allows Dreamer to float wherever he is needed.
“Having Jett and Wes in the game at the same time creates some mismatches for us,” Campbell said. “We’re going to use him in a variety of ways and it’s going to depend where the best fit is each game."