BLOOMINGTON — Zach Knobloch is taking his 3-point shooting prowess — and the rest of his basketball skills — to Illinois Wesleyan.
The Illinois prep record holder for 3-pointers made in a season has confirmed he is transferring from Wisconsin-Whitewater to IWU.
"Zach had video-game like numbers in high school. He can really light it up," Titans coach Ron Rose said. "His senior year he was a marked man and he still made over 100 (3-pointers). He really developed some range his senior year because he had to step back."
Knobloch set a state record in 2014-15 as a junior at Marengo with 167 3-pointers. His career total of 380 threes ranks third in state history.
"My strengths are shooting the ball in any situation, passing the ball to players in the right spots to give them a chance to make a play for the team, intensity on both ends of the floor and being a vocal leader on the court," Knobloch said.
The 6-foot Knobloch will have three years of eligibility at IWU after averaging 6.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in his only season at Whitewater.
Knobloch helped the Warhawks to the NCAA Division III Tournament and a 22-7 overall record by shooting 51.9 percent (42 of 81) from 3-point range and 49 percent (49 of 100) overall. He played in 23 games, starting 13.
"It really helped. It made me adjust to the game a lot faster," Knobloch said of his first college season. "I didn't have any time to waste. I had to learn everything fast, but I accepted the challenge and I love challenges. I'm ready for anything now that the game throws at me."
Rose said he got a late start on recruiting Knobloch out of Marengo.
"We just started recruiting Zach when he decided to go to Whitewater. We were just at the beginning stages, but we really liked him," said Rose. "He clearly has some unique abilities, especially shooting the basketball.
"He's a highly competitive kid who just loves to play. We were excited when he contacted us this spring with his interest to come to Illinois Wesleyan."
Knobloch's visit to IWU went well.
"I love the Wesleyan campus," he said. "I really like the coaching staff and already have good relationships with the staff, and it's only going to get better. I like the team and can't wait to compete with them during the season and to make some noise this year."
"What really impressed us on his visit was he's a really likable guy," said Rose. "He was really excited about this opportunity. He fits the mold of a Wesleyan type player."
Knobloch joins a Titan team that finished 17-8 last season and returns two full-time and one part-time starter.