September 14, 2011

Black Knights pulled down 2nd basketball commit


Both of the 6-foot-7 ballers made their pledge to Head Coach Zach Spiker during the halftime of the Army - San Diego State football contest in the coach's office.

Tanner Plomb took some time with GoBlackKnights.com to recount the weekend's events and the moment that he said yes to play basketball at Army and attend West Point.

The prospect, who hails out of East Troy (WIS) East Troy High School made the journey eastward minus his family, who had joined him on one of his previous two unofficial visits. "I took my unofficial visits to Army in November and June," shares Plomb, who confirmed his pledge to Coach Spiker after narrowing down his list of schools. "My top three were Army, UW Milwaukee and Nebraska Omaha, but I actually committed to Army over the weekend."

Plomb had several offers on the table, including five Division II schools. However , when it came down to it ... down to making a decision, the small forward prospect who flew in on Thursday felt at home at Army.

"I flew in on Thursday night and went right to the hotel," he adds, who talk about his busy itinerary. "Friday we went to breakfast. It was me along with Kyle Weldon, as well Coach Spiker and Coach Mance were there too."

"Afterwards I actually went to a math class. I was just there for a portion of that and I obviously I didn't know what they were doing," laughs Plomb, who will be entering West Point as a direct admit.

Making His Decision

So when did Plomb make the call? "I made my mind up on Saturday in morning when I was playing a little pick up game," declares the 6-foot-7, 200 pound baller, who also enjoyed watching the first half of the Army versus San Diego State contest prior to saying yes to Spiker.

"We were a little nervous there in the beginning because we thought they were going to get blow out but they came back and loss by three. It was a very exciting game."

"The first quarter I was with the coaches, and then I went over by the cadets and then the 2nd half we went up with to the coaches office where we watched the game from the balcony."

Spiker's Office

Taking a moment away from the festivities of the football game and during the halftime period, that Plomb was able to settle in Coach Spiker's office to discuss his academic and basketball future. "It was in coach's office ... that's when I gave them my verbal commitment to play at Army and attend West Point," says Plomb.

!--Start Image-->"We were talking a little bit about how my trip was going and he asked if I wanted to go home and talk to my parents before I made a decision. I had been in contact with them earlier in the day and told them that's where I wanted to go. We actually called my parents while I was in his office. I told him that I wanted to play for him at Army and he was very excited as well."

So what prompted his decision? "I just really feel that I fit in well with the rest of the guys," he says.

"I definitely know enough about the school because I have been there a few time and felt comfortable there," shared Plomb, who also felt a connection with some of the current Army players. El Ellis was really nice and Pat Harris was real nice although I won't get a chance to play with him. Actually it was just everyone ... the whole team, they were very accepting."

Plomb is being recruited to play the 3 or 4 spots within the Army scheme, where the Wisconsin native see it as an ideal fit.

"I wouldn't consider myself an attacker, but I can take it to the rim," he adds. The strongest part of my game is that I can shoot from all over, but I can also take it to the basket."

Not only is Plomb's range effective from anywhere on the court, but his marksmanship is also felt in the classroom. He maintains a 3.5 GPA and plans on majoring in Engineering.

Congrats to the Army coaching staff for pulling down to solid recruits for the 2012 recruiting class and of course Plomb was equally as excited to have Kyle Weldon on board.

"I also spoke to Kyle. He committed first and then I went in coach's office. We both are very excited to be part of the program and West Point."

Plomb's recruiting was initially handled by Assistant Coach Omar Mance.

GoBlackKnights.com congratulate Tanner Plomb for becoming the newest member of the Long Gray Line.

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