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East Troy’s Plomb headed to Army

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JOHN N. BARRY
September 15, 2011
— Tanner Plomb is honored to be joining the Army.

The Army is honored to be accepting a basketball player with Plomb’s skills.


Plomb, an East Troy High School senior, has given a verbal commitment to play basketball at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. The 6-foot-8 power forward will be a member of the Corps of Cadets for two years, and then must decide whether to sign on for a five-year commitment upon graduation.


“I made my official visit last weekend and got a chance to hang out with the guys,” Plomb said. “It just felt like a good fit after getting to meet the coaches and players. Something clicked right away, and that made my decision easier.


“As far as the five-year commitment, I’m sure I will sign up for it. The way the ecomony is right now, it would be tough to pass up a guaranteed job.”


Plomb narrowed his collegiate choices down to Army, UW-Milwaukee and Nebraska-Omaha.


In leading East Troy to its third straight Rock Valley Northe title last season and fifth straight going back to the Southern Lakes, Plomb averaged 17 points and more than 10 rebounds a game.


With the recruiting process out of the way, Plomb is anticipating a big season for the Trojans, who were 22-2 last year and have 99 games the last five years.


“I think deciding on college now is a huge weight off my shoulders,” Plomb said. “I can just go out and play, and not worry about who’s watching.


“Our expectations are going to be high for this season, and anything short of going to state will be a disappointment.”


Plomb knows the Army life is very structured, especially for freshman recruits. The Corps of Cadets live in the “Beast Barracks” for six weeks, which is similar to boot camp. Plomb will report in late July.


Army finished 11-19 last season but was 8-8 in nonconference games.


“I think the (basketball) program is on the rise,” Plomb said. “They got a new coach three years ago that was an assistant at Cornell, and he has got the program headed in the right direction.”


A program that Plomb is honored to be joining.



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