During his career with the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team, Adam Oresky was a member of the supporting cast.
Although Oresky, a 2010 PDS grad, didn’t crack the starting lineup in his two years on the Panther varsity squad, he was determined to play basketball in college.
Heading to the University of Hartford, Oresky sought to walk on to the school’s Division I hoops program.
“I tried out my freshman year but I didn’t make it,” said Oresky. “I had to get better; I had to keep working.”
Oresky put in the work and his dream eventually came true as he made the squad as a senior, getting into seven games last winter for the Hawks.
“I always loved playing basketball and just playing in the gym everyday and getting workouts,” said the 6’8, 200-pound Oresky, who noted that he was a rail-thin 165 pounds during his PDS days. “I just stuck with it and I was able to get a spot on the team.”
Last Wednesday, Oresky showed how much his game has progressed as he helped King’s Pizzarama top Tortuga’s Mexican Village 49-40 in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League.
Scoring a team-high 9 points, Oresky helped King’s overcome a 28-27 halftime deficit as they pulled away to the victory.
“We just want to go out and have a good time and see what happens,” said Oresky, who helped King’s start the second half with a 14-0 run that changed the tone of the contest. “Playing defense made the difference, getting stops on defense and turning that into offense.”
Oresky is looking to make a difference for King’s with his inside/out play.
“I shoot if I am open,” said Oresky, who scored six points on Monday as King’s topped Northeast Realty 41-34 to improve to 3-1 in its debut campaign in the summer league.
“I also go and crash the boards and get some rebounds inside. I do a little bit of both so I don’t get locked into one role.”
With King’s showing balance as nine players scored in the victory over Tortuga’s, Oresky believes the team can do some damage this summer.
“We have got a full bench, it is nice having subs when you get tired and everybody gets to play,” said Oresky, noting that former PDS teammate Kenny Holzhammer invited him to join the King’s squad. “I think our chemistry is getting better and we can make a run at it later.”