Just only about two percent of high school student-athletes move on to play Division I sports. Some understand what it entails, while others settle for Division II or III. Tanner Reha, a Michigan native, doesn’t settle for less at Division II, but rather gains more by playing at DII.
Reha committed to Northwood University, a Division II school in Midland, Michigan, earlier this week. The junior had plenty of Division I interest from numerous schools, including Air Force, Central Michigan, and Oakland, among others, but ultimately decided to follow the Division II route. Reha mentioned that Division II was perhaps a better fit for him as a basketball player. Additionally, Northwood specifically offered the “family feel” as well a fitting style of play.
While Northwood struggled greatly last season, finishing with a 5-25 record, the future is very promising in Midland. Reha stated, “We have a brand new batch of guys coming in next season.” Reha noted that six incoming freshmen will join the Timberwolves next season, excluding transfer Bruno Solomun, a 6’9″ big man from Division I Miami of Ohio. Though young next year, Northwood looks be one of the top teams in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in just a few years.
Reha also offered advice to those deciding between Division I and Division II. He stated, ““I think its a matter of if they fit in D1. A kid could go D1 and sit 4 years… As a player, you should decide if you should have an impact on the game, or just be for the experience.” He emphasized that he would much rather make an impact on the game at Division II as opposed to watching the ride from the sideline at Division I. Having been a heavily recruited prospect, Reha will surely make an immediate impact at Northwood alongside the incoming youth.
He may not be getting television exposure or a chance for an NCAA Tournament berth, but Reha will be getting a myriad of opportunities to grow at Northwood. “[It’s] the right pick for me,” Reha concluded.