This edition of Five Questions is with Gracie Grzesk. Gracie is one of the top 2024s in the region, just completing this season with Wisconsin Purple Aces 2023 Grzesk. Attends High School with defending Wisconsin Class 2 State Champions Notre Dame Academy. Thanks for your time Gracie!
1) You recently completed your club season with Wisconsin Purple Aces 2023 Grzesk. Despite having a predominantly 2024 roster, you played in 2023 Divisions exclusively. How do you feel that playing older competition prepared you as a player this past season?
We had a lot of success playing in our own age group so it was good to challenge our team by playing up another age group. To see the change of physicality and to play against the best it was a little bit of an adjustment but we still had a lot success even though we played up. For me personally, it was really beneficial to play up. I played against longer, stronger and more athletic players and it forced me to learn to expand my game by scoring against bigger girls in different ways.
2) You had a great season on the court with Purple Aces as well. What were some of your favorite memories on or off the court from this past season?
On the court my favorite memory from this year was winning the Blue Star League Championship. We beat a very talented Illinois Elite team in the championship in a hard taught game. Off the court my favorite memories were playing cards in hotel rooms, going shopping between games and team dinners with the player and parents. It was a tight knit group and we had a lot of fun.
3) You are a heavily recruited and highly regarded player in the 2024 class. How will you know when you've found the right fit for you academically and as a player?
I have been doing a lot of visits and trying to gather as much information I can about each school. I feel like when the time is right, I will make a good decision. I want a place where I can grow as a player and a person. I am looking for a school with strong academics. On the court, I want a school that has a winning program and a style of play that fits my game.
4) You were the leader as a Sophomore of a State Championship for Division 2 powerhouse Notre Dame Academy. What are some things you are looking to accomplish as an individual and for Notre Dame this coming season?
I am really looking forward to this coming high school season. Each summer and fall I focus on a certain part of my game to make me a more complete player. This summer and fall I have been working on my mid range game and playing off the dribble. I am looking to improve my rebounding and 3 point percentage as well. As upperclassman I want to become a better and more vocal leader. As a team, we are looking to win another conference and state championship. In our non conference schedule we really look to challenge ourselves to prepare for the post season.
5) When it comes to your recruitment you have parents that have both been through the process. What is some of the advice that they, or other individuals in your life, have given you to this point?
Some of the best advice I’ve gotten about the recruiting process has been from my parents. I am very fortunate that they have been through the process and can help guide me. They always tell me go to a school that wants you. Another huge one is try to picture where I would be most happy if I wasn’t playing basketball. There are so many things that go into making a college decision. However, relationships are important to me because those are the people you will spend the next four years with.