#20 Ali Patberg
OVERVIEW: Fundamentally-sound point guard who is hungry to get started with her college career after it was delayed due to a knee injury prior to her freshman season … possesses high basketball IQ and passion for the game … quintessential gym rat who is never satisfied with her performance and always looking to find ways to improve … strong ball-handler with superb court awareness and passing skills … also not afraid to attack and score when situation calls for it … tenacious defender who welcomes opportunity to battle on the boards whenever possible … picks up concepts quickly, making her adjustment to the college level and Notre Dame’s Princeton-based offense that much smoother … provides solid depth in the Fighting Irish backcourt and will challenge for playing time from the moment she takes the court.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2015-16): Did not play after suffering torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee during practice on Nov. 2.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Columbus North High School in Columbus, Indiana (combined record of 99-9, .917), where she was coached by Pat McKee … career per-game statistical averages of 18.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.6 steals … scored 2,026 points in her career, good for 28th on Indiana all-time scoring list … holds 11 school records, including marks for career points (2,026), assists (534) and steals (273), and ranks among the top 10 on 24 of school’s single-game, single-season or career record lists … as a senior in 2014-15, took Columbus North to its first-ever Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Class 4A state championship, as well as semistate, regional, sectional and Conference Indiana crowns, posting a 28-1 record, while ranking 15th or higher in five major national high school polls, including No. 5 final ranking by MaxPreps … averaged career highs of 25.9 points (fifth in state), 8.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 3.1 steals per game with .536 field-goal percentage in her final prep season … scored career-high (and school-record) 44 points at Martinsville … grabbed career-high 15 rebounds against Heritage Christian … logged career-best 11 steals against Terre Haute North … as a junior in 2013-14, helped her team to a 23-3 record and IHSAA Class 4A sectional title, as well as Conference Indiana championship … averaged 18.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game … dished out career-high (and school-record) 12 assists at Southport in January 2014 … as a sophomore in 2012-13, paced Columbus North to 25-1 record, IHSAA Class 4A sectional crown and Conference Indiana title … averaged 18.0 points 6.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game … as a freshman in 2011-12, helped school to 23-4 record, finishing as IHSAA Class 4A state runner-up while winning IHSAA Class 4A semistate, regional and sectional championships, as well as a share of Conference Indiana title … averaged 12.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game … played AAU basketball for Indiana Elite club program, coached by her father, Ron Patberg … age-group team previously was coached by former Indiana University men’s basketball All-American Damon Bailey, who helped Indiana Elite to three top-five finishes in AAU national championship tournament, including runner-up showing in 2008.
PREP AWARDS/HONORS: 2015 MaxPreps National High School Player of the Year (one of four national high school players of the year on 2016-17 Notre Dame roster) … 2015 McDonald’s High School All-America selection (one of eight McDonald’s All-Americans on 2016-17 Notre Dame roster) … registered three points, six rebounds and five assists in East Team’s 89-87 win over the West at Chicago’s United Center — two of her teammates on the East squad were fellow Notre Dame classmates Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale … also played in 2015 Jordan Brand Classic (the inaugural girls’ game for the event that began in 2002), helping East Team to 76-75 win over the West at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York – Mabrey joined her on East squad, while Ogunbowale played on West Team … 2015 Parade All-America selection … two-time MaxPreps All-America selection (first team in 2015, sixth team in 2014) … 2015 USA Today All-USA Second Team choice … 2015 Naismith Trophy third-team All-American … 2015 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American … 2015 Indiana Miss Basketball … 2015 Gatorade Indiana High School Player of the Year … 2015 USA Today All-USA Indiana Player of the Year … 2015 Indiana All-Star Team choice … 2014 Indiana Junior All-Star Team member … three-time USA Today All-USA Indiana honoree (first team in 2015, second team in 2014, honorable mention in 2013) … four-time Associated Press all-state choice (first team in 2015, second team in 2014, third team in 2013, high honorable mention in 2012) … two-time Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association All-State First Team selection (2013, 2015) … 2015 IBCA Supreme 15 Senior All-State selection … three-time Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State First Team selection (2013, 2014, 2015) … three-time Columbus Republic Area Player of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015) … three-time Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Underclass all-state pick (first team in 2013, 2014; honorable mention in 2012) … four-time Columbus Republic All-Area First Team honoree (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) … four-time All-Conference Indiana First Team choice (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) … ranked No. 14 (five-star player) in Class of 2015 by espnW Hoopgurlz/Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report … ranked No. 16 by Prospects Nation … ranked No. 19 by All-Star Girls Report … ranked No. 20 by Blue Star Basketball.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Earned gold medal with 2015 USA Basketball Under-19 National Team at FIBA U19 World Championships in Chekhov, Russia … appeared in all seven games for Team USA (which posted 7-0 record), averaging 3.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game … nearly posted two double-doubles in the tournament, collecting 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds against Argentina in the round of 16, and registering seven points and nine rebounds against Canada in the quarterfinals … participated in the 2014 USA Basketball Under-18 National Team Trials alongside two of her future Notre Dame teammates, forward Brianna Turner and guard Marina Mabrey.
PERSONAL DATA: Daughter of Julie Davis and Ron Patberg … one of four children … among 22 Indiana residents to suit up for Notre Dame women’s basketball program, and one of two on the 2016-17 Fighting Irish roster, along with incoming freshman guard and Princeton, Indiana, product Jackie Young … she not only continues Hoosier State connection that has produced more Fighting Irish players than any other state, but also extends the program’s remarkable talent pipeline along U.S. Route 31 (the 18th Notre Dame women’s basketball player to come from a hometown located within 40 miles of one of the state’s primary north-south arteries, a legacy that includes such notables as Skylar Diggins, Ruth Riley, Sheila McMillen and Beth Morgan) … first player to come to Notre Dame from the southern half of Indiana since the tandem of Rosanne Bohman (Greensburg) and current Fighting Irish associate coach Beth (Morgan) Cunningham (Bloomington) played from 1993-97, helping Notre Dame to its first NCAA Women’s Final Four berth in 1997 … as part of her senior project in October 2014, held a basketball skills camp called A Lasting Impact (initials representing her first name) for 100 children in grades 1-8, with the net proceeds of $2,647 going to the Karen McCaa Foundation (McCaa was a former basketball player and 1989 Indiana All-Star selection from Columbus North High School who has been battling Lyme disease and Addison’s disease since 2010) … currently enrolled in Notre Dame’s unique First Year of Studies program, which offers students the opportunity to explore various areas of special interest and obtain a foundation in liberal education before declaring a major … some other Fighting Irish players who have worn No. 20 include Karen Robinson, Sheila McMillen and Ashley Barlow.