Zach Reichle came out of Wilsonville High School with huge credentials. He was named the Gatorade Oregon High School player of the year after his senior year in 2017. Zach's first two seasons in Corvallis were pretty quiet. He averaged 1.7 points per game in his freshman season. He averaged eight minutes per game. Last year, those numbers improved a little with 3.5 minutes per game in 19 minutes on the court.
This season, Zach Reichle has come alive! He is averaging about ten points per game in 27 minutes and is providing on-court leadership. During the dramatic comeback win over Colorado Sunday in Boulder, Zach was a key factor both offensively and defensively. He scored a career high 19 points and hit nine key free throws in nine attempts.
Head Coach Wayne Tinkle says Reichle's emergence as a team leader was huge during those critical minutes in Boulder.
[We] got guy like Tres who has always been a leader but he is the head coach's son, so we said we needed another guy to really rise up and its with calling guys out when they're not bringing the energy to practice or when their not focused. To pat guys on the butt when they do something right because Zach and Tres are very similar where they leave everything on the floor when they play. We another guy to be a voice for us and he did that with his play at Colorado with the example he set but also in the huddle when you saw him encouraging guys."
To compete for the Pac-12 title the Beavers need a solid effort each game from Reichle. He showed in the first two games that he is more aggressive driving inside because players may expect him to shoot the three. He knows he has struggled from long distance (15-48, 31.3%) so he has to show his versatility. He told men's basketball play-by play voice on "Talkin Beavers" that his increased confidence is paying off.
So Reichle and the Beavers are back home at Gill this week. Two huge games against the Arizona Schools. The Sun Devils and Beavers meet tomorrow night. The Beavers are 11-3 and 1-1 in conference play. The Sun Devils were blown out by rival Arizona last Saturday 75-47 in their lone Pac-12 play. They are 9-5 overall. Then the Beavers host 24th-ranked Arizona Sunday night at 7:pm
You can see the entire interview with Zach Reichle and Wayne Tinkle tonight at 7:pm on Talkin Beavers on NBC Sports Northwest