Class of 2007 Focus – Rock Falls' Zach House

In this report, takes an in-depth look at Zach House, the seven foot junior center from Rock Falls, Illinois. We talk to Zach and his high school coach Mike Winters about his play. This class of 2007 prospect has attracted the attention of college coaches while helping his team to the Sweet 16 of the state playoffs. Without a doubt, those coaches are looking at the skills that this big man brings to the table.

Zach House and his Rock Falls High teammates took the Rockets to the Sweet 16 of the IHSA Class AA playoffs in just their first year after moving up from Class A. Their season ended in a 67-52 loss to Schaumburg in the Dekalb Supersectional. The Rockets struggled offensively in that game, yet Rock Falls coach Mike Winters credited his center's defensive presence. "That was about the only bright spot was Zach's defense," said Winters.

What Zach House does best is block shots. He averaged around six blocks, six points, and six rebounds this past season. "For us this past year, (Zach) was probably one of the biggest reasons why we were able to hold teams to about 33 percent from the field on the year," Winters reflected. "Between the blocked shots and the shots that he alters in and around the paint, it's allowed our guys to get out and gamble in passing lanes and just do a lot of things that we love to do as far as pressure defense goes. He's always there to cover up mistakes behind us. That's something that's kind of priceless to have – him sitting back in the paint."

At seven feet and 210 pounds, Winters sees House as a player who is developing and is only beginning to tap his potential. "I think Zach is a kid who is growing into his body right now," Winters remarked. "Offensively he has very good footwork. He's a very intelligent player. His biggest issue right now offensively is his strength to finish the moves. Being seven feet tall and having arms as long as his are, the strength is going to take a little while to come. I think he's one of those kids when you look at, you just know that by the time he's a freshman or sophomore in college and he starts filling out, he's going to be awfully good. He has a tremendous work ethic. He's doing everything right."

House has attracted interest from Division I colleges around the Midwest and beyond. Northern Illinois has offered him a scholarship. He is also receiving interest from DePaul, Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, and Wyoming. House has taken unofficial visits to Illinois State and Northern Illinois. Illinois State was represented at a recent open gym in Rock Falls.

In February, Zach was a guest at the DePaul versus Seton Hall game at Allstate Arena. "DePaul's been in there quite a bit," Winters said. "They have had him over to a game and treated him very well, let's put it that way. You can kind of tell by how prepared they are for you when you're coming to a game."

With the loss of their three top scorers to graduation, House will be expected to take on an expanded role at Rock Falls next year. "I'm definitely going to have to be the main guy next year," said Zach. "I'm probably going to be the number one option in the offense. I'm going to have to control the boards for us next year too, because we're going to have a small team. I'm going to have to be really vocal and be a leader out there."

Winters agrees that House's leadership skills will be important to the team's success. "He's a very emotional kid," observed Winters. "I think that transfers into a leadership role very well for us for next year. He's not going to beat around the bush. He's going to tell people what he thinks. He's going to try to motivate people to help make the team better. That's something a lot of schools that I talked to really liked about him. He's emotional, but not over the top. He's got it in control, but he can get the crowd fired up and still stay focused at the same time on what he needs to do out there."

This spring House can be seen out on the AAU circuit with the Full Package team. They recently participated in the Real Deal on the Hill tournament in Arkansas against some stiff competition.

Winters also says that House is getting the job done in the classroom. "Qualifying is not an issue with him, he's just under 4.0 (GPA)."

According to his coach, Zach has the work ethic to continue to improve. "He's a gym rat," remarked Winters. "He's doing everything right. People who criticize his game or say that he doesn't have what it takes at the next level, just really don't have much vision or insight on where he is going with his game."

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