ALI PATBERG is a 5’9″″ Point Guard from Columbus , IN ( Columbus North H.S. ) . She played AAU this past summer for Nike affiliated GYM RATS after years with the Adidas affiliated INDIANA ELITE. The University of Notre Dame pledge is considered one of the Top 20 players in the 2015 class, and is consistently lauded for her Leadership capacity. Last season as a sophomore, Ali was a MaxPreps All – American and Indiana All – State selection. Ali helped her team to a three-year record of 71-8, while earning three Conference Indiana titles, three sectional championships, one semistate crown (2012) and a runner-up finish in the 2012 Indiana Class 4A State Tournament. She boasts three-year career averages of 16.3 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 4.6 apg. and 2.3 spg. Also posted single-game career highs of 31 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, eight steals and four blocked shots.
Combo-guard brings consistent mid-range game productivity; manufactures, delivers in traffic; handles vs. pressure with court awareness; defends in half-court; makes plays on both ends of the floor. (Dan Olson – ESPNW )
Fundamental combo-guard slashes, attacks, handles in transition game; elevates on mid-range game with strong frame, smooth stroke to the arc. (Olson)
If you’re in the market for a tough, scrappy big guard with a high basketball IQ look no further than Ali Patberg. Patberg is as tough as they come and isn’t afraid to dive on the floor for loose balls. She loves to attack the paint with reckless abandon looking to create contact and finish at the rim. Patberg has a nice pull up jumper as well as smooth three point stroke and runs the floor very well dishing out assist to teammates. Best of all, the guard plays defense with an intensity that’s rarely displayed at the high school level. Patberg is a coaches dream and she will make one BCS coach very happy. – Prentice Beverly ( Fullcourt.com )
Away from the court, ALI is even more Impressive. It only take s a few conversations to realize what a Special young lady she is. She is a very outgoing, Intelligent, Mature, Unselfish, extremely well spoken and incredibly sincere young lady. She has also been an Honor Society student. The Fighting Irish are not only getting an Impact Guard and future Leader… they are getting a Coach’s dream type (on & off the court ) who will certainly prove to be a wonderful ambassador for the University ,Women’s Basketball and a terrific Role Model for kids.
Hi my name is Ali
I am from Columbus, Indiana and a senior at Columbus North High School. My sport, my passion, and my love is basketball. Basketball has opened many opportunities and doors for me that I could never imagined, like having the chance to play basketball at the University of Notre Dame. I am so thankful and blessed, and I want to tell you all about it. This is a blog that I will be taking time to write to you about my journey.
I want to tell you about my amazing family. I have the best family in the world. They are the reason I am who I am and where I am today. So, my family is a little complicated. My parents are Julie Davis and Ron Patberg. I am not trying to brag, but they are the best parents. I am so thankful for them and everything they have done for me. I have a sister, Makenzie Patberg, who is a big freshman this year at Columbus North with me. I am so happy we get to spend a year together at North, so she can see how I handle myself in school around my peers. I take pride in being a great role model to younger kids and her in particular. Yes, of course she plays basketball as well. So, the goal is to play with her for a year! My parents are divorced, and they are both remarried. My mom is remarried to Brad Davis, who has been one great second father to me. My dad has recently been remarried to RaNae Issak. I have two step sisters named Gracie Davis and Hannah Davis. Officially, they are my “step-sisters”, but they are my sisters and am thankful for them. My parents still are close and get along very well. We are all a big family. I love my family so much and they mean they world to me.
The first time I walked in the gym and picked up a basketball changed my life forever. My dad was on the Columbus North boys’ basketball varsity staff when I was little. The first time he brought me with him was when I was three years old. I don’t think he knew at the time that I was going to become his new best friend. After that first time, I wanted to go all the time. If my mom wouldn’t let me go to practice I would be a mess. Basketball was all I thought about. It was my everything. I dreamed about being a basketball player when I grew up. All I wanted to do was run out of the tunnel for a game and put on the Columbus North Bulldog jersey and play the sport I love. I have been living that dream for four years. I have been thankful for every game in that gym and in that jersey. It has been such an amazing experience.
As I got older, my passion for basketball kept growing. I would sit in class and dream about it. I still do. My work ethic to become the best I can be was starting to develop. I realized that God gave me the talent to play basketball, and I needed to work hard to better my talents so I can glorify Him. In order to glorify Him, I would need to work hard and get on a big stage for everyone to see. I wanted to be working on my game all the time and I still do. I won’t ever settle. I started to dream about not only winning a state championship in high school, but a national championship in college as well.
The recruiting process for me started around the 8th grade. The recruiting process was a lot of fun, but it was very stressful at times. I would be on the phone with all these coaches, and I visited a lot of schools. One school in particular from the very beginning stood out to me. The first time I stepped on the campus, it felt right. I got this feeling that this is where I need to be. I started to build a relationship with the Notre Dame coaches that weren’t like the others. My sophomore year on New Years Eve I called Coach McGraw to tell her I wanted to commit to the University of Notre Dame.
Notre Dame is one of the best academic programs in the nation, which was one of the most important factors in influencing my decision. The campus is amazing, and I fell in love with the smaller feel of the school. I love the entire coaching staff and have confidence in them to help me develop as a better person and player. My future teammates are pretty awesome and I can’t wait to be a part of the team next year! It’s still hard for me to believe that I am getting an opportunity to play the sport I love at a school of my dreams, while getting my education paid for.
I’m really excited about my future committed teammates; Marina Mabrey, Arike Ogunbowale, Erin Boley and Jackie Young. Whether watching, playing against or playing with them, they are all really tough and competitive players. Having great talent and competitive players to go against everyday will only improve me as a player and person…I can’t wait!! I think we complement each other very well, Marina has unlimited range, Arike has a great pull jumper and ability to take over games, Erin will be great in the Princeton offense, with great range and passing skills for her size, and Jackie is long, athletic and a scorer.
Throughout my journey, I have been through many ups and downs. I have made it through the downs with the support of my family and God standing right next to me. In my next blog, I will tell you about a low point that I experienced and how I overcame these challenges.
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