Neenah's Adam Pohlman Picks Basketball Scholarship over Soccer

By Ryan Rodig |

Published 04/18 2014 10:39PM

Updated 04/18 2014 10:51PM

(WFRV-TV) - It's ironic that Neenah's Adam Pohlman received his Gatorade Wisconsin High School Soccer Player of the Year trophy in the mail Wednesday, the same day he signed on to play college basketball for Division 2 Northern Michigan.

"It's kind of weird, I opened it up and I'm like well this is cool to have but I'm not going to do it anymore," said Pohlman Wednesday.  "It's a great feeling when I'm signing, it's probably the first time I've ever actually signed something and I'm shaking a little bit."

That sleek clear glass trophy joins the  NSCAA Player of the Year and National All-American Awards as relics of Pohlman's soccer playing past. The senior, who originally committed to division one UW-Milwaukee to play of the pitch, ditched that idea to chase his hoop dreams at the next level.

He says sometimes it's the small things that spur those difficult decisions.

"It's going to practice, that's the biggest thing," said Pohlman.  "Sometimes during the school year I just dreaded going to soccer practice and putting on cleats and shin guards.  In basketball I was never once this year like 'oh man, practice again.'  It's just going to practice and doing what I love to do and I can picture myself going to the gym myself and getting shots up.  I don't really go to the soccer field and kick around.  That was a huge factor when I was just like, this is what I love to do."

Another reason the decision makes sense is what Pohlman plans to do after his playing days are over.

"He is getting the opportunity to chase his biggest dream right now and in the long run he talks about wanting to be a college basketball coach," says Neenah head basketball coach Scott Bork.  "It really only makes sense to go and play college basketball; plus it's a great fit."

So as Pohlman's hand trembled Wednesday, perhaps it was a sign of pure excitement.  After many stressful months, he knew everything shook out the way it was supposed to.

"I love to play basketball," Pohlman said.  "Soccer, I like to play it, but I don' love it.  At the end of the day for four years I have to do something that I really enjoy."

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