One team who is looking for their first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament calls the Patriot League their home. The Army West Point Black Knights are looking to make the Big Dance in 2016, and this year’s team has a great chance of taking home the conference title.
The team is well-balanced, having talented players all across the floor, and head coach Zach Spiker is getting the best out of his players so far in 2015-16.
For the inaugural CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week award, we turn our attention to West Point, NY. After a 2-1 week, one that included a win over the preseason favourite in the Patriot League, Army’s Tanner Plomb is the first-ever winner of the award!
Plomb, a 6’7” senior forward out of Mukwonago, WI, has led the Black Knights to a 10-4 record this season, and has put up some impressive numbers in the process. He has scored in double-figures in every game this season, and 24-straight overall, dating back to last season.
This past week, Plomb helped lead Army to a 2-1 record, notching wins over the Monmouth Hawks (RECAP) and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (RECAP) in the process. If it wasn’t for a Herculean effort from Chris Hass, Army could have gone 3-0 on the week. Instead, they well to the Bucknell Bison to close out the week, 84-76, on Saturday.
Over the three games, Plomb averaged 24.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per contest. He put up his second-straight 27 point performance against the Hawks, and followed it up with back-to-back 23 point showings against Lehigh and Bucknell.
Plomb shot 41.9% (26-of-62) from the floor over the three games, and 40.9% (9-of-22) from three point range. He has been a rock for Army this season, and will look to keep his strong play going over the course of conference play.
He has the size to battle inside for rebounds, but he also has the shooting range to stretch the floor and hurt you in several ways on offense.
After a big week, Army’s Tanner Plomb is the winner of the first-ever CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week award!