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Above The Rim: Mater Dei’s Ally Rosenblum

Ally Rosenblum of Mater Dei is averaging 19 points per game this season. Photo/Mater Dei Sports.

Ally Rosenblum of Mater Dei is averaging 19 points per game this season. Photo/Mater Dei Sports.

If Mater Dei is going to make a run at a CIF-SS Open Division title, the Monarchs will need the leadership and skills of Ally Rosenblum.

The UCLA-bound forward has been averaging 19 points per game to help the top-ranked Monarchs get off to a 17-1 start, heading into their showdown against Orinda Miramonte at the MLK Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Stockton St. Mary’s High.

Go “Above The Rim” to learn more about one of Orange County’s top players.

ABOVE THE RIM: MATER DEI’S ALLY ROSENBLUM

Ally_Rosenblum_MDName: Ally Rosenblum

High School: Mater Dei

Graduation Year: 2016

Height, weight: 6-4, 170

Position: Forward

Nickname: Rosey

Twitter: @allyrosenblum

Stats: 19 PPG

Honors: Four-year varsity player, McDonalds All-American nominee, Naismith watch list, All-Tournament Nike TOC, MVP South Coast Tournament, MVP Fountain Valley Tournament, All-State First team Cal-Hi Sports, OC Register Player of the Week, All-Tournament Redondo Beach Invitational, All-Tournament West Coast Jamboree, All-USA Today Team and member of Israeli 18U national team.


Congratulation on signing with UCLA. What was it that ultimately landed you at UCLA?

Rosenblum: “I absolutely love (Bruins) coach Cori Close and her vision. I believe in it and want to be a part of it. I also love how she is about developing a total woman and not just focused on the basketball aspect. I just love what UCLA is about.”

What do we know about your team at this point in the season?

Rosenblum: “We are young, and when we all work together can compete with anyone.”

What should we expect from your team in league play?

Rosenblum: “We hope to sweep the Trinity league.”

Who is your biggest rival and do you have any words for them?

Rosenblum: “Our biggest rivals are (West Hills) Chaminade and St. Mary’s Stockton. Look out, we’re coming for you!”

Mater_Dei_StrengthWhat are your thoughts on the teams that could end up in the Open Division?

Rosenblum: “There will be lots of great competition in the Open, but I know our team is up for the challenge.”

Which opposing player do you respect most?

Rosenblum: “(Former Mater Dei player) Jayde Woods (of LA Windward). She’s the best defensive player that I’ve played with and against. She also plays with a lot of heart and passion.”

Which player on your team do you expect to surprise people around the county this season?

Rosenblum: “I think (junior G/SF) Jayda Adams will surprise people with her awesome 3-point shooting.”

What was it about basketball that made you fall in love with the sport?

Rosenblum: “I have always played since I was very young and always loved the competitive aspects of it.”

Was basketball your first love or did you play other sports first?

Rosenblum:I trained in tennis at a younger age, but never really liked it. I also played volleyball for a few years, but nothing could compare to my love for basketball.”

Mater Dei's Ally Rosenblum signs with UCLA. Photo/@AllyRosenblum.

Mater Dei’s Ally Rosenblum signs with UCLA. Photo/@AllyRosenblum.

Was there a moment in your career when you thought, “Wow, I’m actually pretty good and might be able to play in college!”?

Rosenblum: “In the eighth grade, I started getting letters from colleges and thought, ‘Wow, that’s pretty cool.'”

What do coaches say they like most about you and your game?

Rosenblum: “Tenacity in the paint, step out jump shot and they love my ability to run the floor.”

What’s been the highlight of your athletic career so far?

Rosenblum: “Signing with UCLA.”

What’s something that people would be surprised to learn about you?

Rosenblum: “I was a competitive figure skater.”

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Rosenblum: “1.) Play with confidence and 2.) Prove people wrong.”


BUZZER-BEATERS

Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t playing basketball, I’d be a candy taste tester.

Ally_collageLast movie you saw and what did you think of it: Creed. Very motivational, back-up plan is to become a boxing champion.

If you were handed $10,000 and had to spend in one day, what would you do with it? I would head to the mall with some friends.

What’s the one thing/object, besides your phone, that you can’t live without? Jamba, my stuffed monkey that travels with the team.

Do you have any basketball superstitions or rituals? Before every game I always touch the court with my right hand, then touch my heart.

What’s your “guilty pleasure,” something you hate to admit you love? Candy.

If you could have a super power, what would you want it to be? I would fly.

Last song/CD you bought: Banners by Start a Riot.

Ally_dinnerIf you could have dinner with four people dead or alive, who would it be? Kobe Bryant, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah.

What did you want to be when you were little? I wanted to be a Harlem Globetrotter.

Something on your “must do” list: Skydive.

What is your hometown/area best known for and what makes you proud to say you’re from there? Newport Beach is known for its beautiful coastline and weather. I’m proud to be from here, because Kobe (Bryant) lives around the corner.

Favorite motto or philosophy of life: The biggest joy in life is helping others.

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