CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- We've all heard the adage, "Hard work pays off."
Alderson-Broaddus men's basketball player and former Winfield High School standout Adam Kline doesn't have to be reminded of that motto very often.
"He gives 100 percent, every day in practice, on every drill," said A-B coach Greg Zimmerman. "His intensity level is through the roof."
The 6-foot-6 senior center is averaging 14.3 points and leads the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in rebounding (10.9 per game) and shooint percentage (67.7). Kline has recorded a double-double in 16 of his team's 18 games.
"Adam has always been a hard worker," said Winfield boys basketball coach Pat McGinnis. "He got in the weight room, he played year-round. He did the things he was supposed to do."
Despite his work ethic, Kline wasn't always a coach's dream.
"His junior year [of high school], his attitude wasn't the best," said McGinnis. "We talked and I told him he would need great character if he wanted to play at the next level."
Kline responded by averaging 21 points and earning first-team Class AAA all-state honors his senior year.
"He really grew up and matured his senior year," said McGinnis. "We're very proud at what he has done."
Kline signed with the Battlers in 2010, but didn't make an immediate impact as a freshman. His first season proved he needed to make some adjustments.