While high school sports may be shut down, the pipeline of talent from Wilsonville boys basketball to college remains wide open.
Dakota Reber, a 6-foot-6 senior wing from Wilsonville High School, signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, April 15, accepting a full scholarship to play basketball at the University of the Incarnate Word. UIW is is a Division 1 school in San Antonio, Texas, that competes in the Southland Conference.
Reber is one of four senior members of Wilsonville's accomplished Class of 2020 who will play college basketball next year. In addition to Reber, Keegan Shivers has signed with NAIA powerhouse Oregon Tech, while fellow seniors Gabe Reichle and Andrew Classen are both weighing multiple options and will announce their college decisions soon.
"Dakota is one of the most talented and accomplished players in Wilsonville High School history," said Wilsonville coach Chris Roche. "He led our team to multiple state championships and we never lost a conference game during his four years."
During his senior season, Reber and the Wildcats went 22-5 overall, won the Northwest Oregon Conference and reached the Class 5A state semifinals, where they had a chance to win a fourth state title in the past five years before the tournament was canceled in response to the Covid-19 global pandemic.
And Reber was right there in the middle of it all, averaging 18.1 points (on 57% shooting from the field, 46% marksmanship from 3-point range and a .77% success rate at the foul line) and 6.2 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats also finished as Capitol City Classic runners-up (they lost to nationally-ranked Rancho Christian in finals) and played in the Les Schwab Invitational (though Reber missed most of that event with an ankle injury).
"Dakota is a guy who works very hard at his game and his career has been marked by tremendous improvement," Roche said. "Dakota can dominate a game offensively and his versatility on both ends of the floor is impressive, whether it be by flying through the air for a thunderous dunk, drilling (3-pointers) or posting up a defender."
Beyond his on-court gifts, however, Reber impressed Roche with his singular focus on winning.
"What makes Dakota special is the fact that his primary focus is on winning, and while motivated and ambitious, he always keeps winning and team success as his top priority," Roche said. "He's a growing leader, and at the same time a really nice and kind-hearted person. … I think (he) will make a big impact in San Antonio before all is said and done. He's a special kid and a really terrific player."
As a junior, Reber's Cats went 27-2 overall, winning both the NWOC and the Class 5A state title. In his sophomore season, Wilsonville was 21-7 overall, won the NWOC and finished second at state. And as a freshman, Reber and the Wildcats were 27-1 overall with another NWOC title and another Class 5A crown.
In Reber's four years on the Wilsonville varsity team, the Cats went 56-0 and won four Northwest Oregon Conference championships, posted a 95-1 record in their in last 96 games against Class 5A teams, put together a 62-game home winning streak, a 68-game NWOC winning streak and a 97-15 overall record.
As a senior, Reber was honored as first-team all-state, first-team all-NWOC and NWOC Player of the Year. As a junior, he was first-team all-state and Class 5A co-Player of Year, first-team all-NWOC and first-team all-tournament. And as a sophomore, he was named first-team all-tournament and honorable mention all-NWOC.
Reber finished his Wilsonville career with the following accomplishments: he is the eighth-leading scorer in school history with 1,077 points; he had a career-high 38 points against nationally-ranked Rancho Christian and its 7-footer, Evan Mobley, the no. 1-ranked recruit in nation; his 38 points were the second-most points scored in school history; he is fifth all-time in field goals made (424); he is sixth all-time in 3-pointers (92); he is fourth all-time in rebounding (418); he had a career high of 15 rebounds in a game as a junior, the second-best single game total in school history; he is third all-time in field goal percentage (.584); he is second all-time in 3-point field goal percentage (.449); and he was a four-year varsity letterman and three-year varsity starter.
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