Tyler Tillema is having the best basketball season of his life.
He averages 24 points a game and leads the top ranked UW-Stevens Point men's basketball team.
"Offensively this year has been the most enjoyable for me" said the senior.
"He's having a tremendous year for us, he is an aggressive scorer and his mindset is unbelievable on offense" added his fellow senior teammate Clayton Heuer.
But this magical season almost didn't exist for Tillema. Last year he was injured and awarded a medical redshirt. He spent his senior season on the bench.
"He learned a lot sitting there. He became a real student of the game, he helped us make adjustments during the game and really began to think as a coach...which helped his game out" remarked UWSP head coach Bob Semling.
Tyler decided to come back and play a fifth year with the Pointers, a rare sight in division three, where playing another season means paying for another year of school.
"I didn't want to go out with an injury, I didn't want the season to end the way it did last year so that gave me the drive to come back this year" said Tillema.
For Tyler this fifth and final season comes with some lofty goals.
"We want to get to Salem, Va and compete for a national title, that's been the goal since the school year even started, and we are really striving for that."
So yes, paying for a fifth year of school comes with a price tag. But for the top ranked Pointers and Tyler Tillema feeling of raising a championship banner is priceless.
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