Oregon State commit Zach Reichle chooses hardwood over water, turf

Feature photo courtesy of Greg Artman.

Zach Reichle was first introduced to basketball when he was preschool age. Since, he’s become a highly-touted basketball recruit. But there’s a different side to the 3-star small forward.

Around the same age he was introduced to basketball, his parents introduced Reichle to the world of aquatic sports and winter sports.

“I’m very active so I do a lot of everything,” Reichle said. “I’m outside a lot. I do almost every water sport: wakeboarding, water skiing, surfing, all that.”

The senior from Wilsonville High School said water and winter sports allow him to be in his natural environment: the outdoors. But basketball has always been number one for him.

“My dad put a basketball in my hand and it took off from there. I always loved the game,” Reichle said.

The Wilsonville, Oregon, product used to be a three-sport athlete: basketball, football and baseball. He said he almost went the football route because of his size, but instead chose basketball.

“It went basketball, football, baseball for me,” Reichle explained. “I could’ve specialized in football because I was tall. I was a good wide receiver, but basketball was always my favorite sport.”

Reichle received numerous offers, but after careful consideration decided to commit to Oregon State.

“[Oregon State] is a very good program with lots of talent that I think I can contribute to,” he said.

Reichle is undecided on his major, but he said he is considering engineering.

“I’ve been looking into [engineering] a little bit because it’s good to have an engineering degree coming out of college, but that’s all I’ve looked at so far,” Reichle said.

On the court, Reichle is one of the hardest workers around, according to teammate Caleb Larsen. He said that he’s always working to be better, whether that’s in the weight room or on the court during practice.

“He’s constantly lifting trying to get himself stronger,” Larsen said. “I can actually tell a lot because this season, I can see that his vertical has increased a large amount. He can dunk with ease this year compared to the past years.”

Off the court, Larsen said Reichle is both humble and intelligent. Larsen said he’s the type of person everyone wants to be around.

“He’s super good with kids. He is always saying, ‘Hi’ to the younger kids that go to our games,” Larsen said.

Last season, Reichle helped guide Wilsonville to the Oregon Class 5A state championship. Reichle was also named Player of the Year in Class 5A and won first team all-state honors. This season, Reichle said he hopes for the same, but instead of state player of the year, he set his goal a bit higher.

“The only personal goal I haven’t accomplished is Gatorade Player of the Year,” Reichle said. “I think I have a pretty good chance of winning that this year if I just keep working.”

Edited by Justin Meyer.