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Five Questions: Sammi Beyer

08/24/2022, 8:15am CDT
By Chuck Thompson

This edition of Five Questions is with Sammi Beyer. 2023 commit to St Thomas, just wrapped up club career at Wisconsin Flight Elite 2023 EYBL and will be a Senior at Appleton East High School (WI). Thanks for your time Sammi!


1) This summer you finished up your club career with Wisconsin Flight Elite 2023 EYBL playing on the Nike circuit. As you get a chance to look back now, what are some of your favorite memories from this past season and your time playing club basketball?
Looking back I’m thankful to have been given the opportunity to compete against some of the top players and programs in the country. Along with that having the opportunity to not only play for great coaches but also along side great people and ball players. Some of my favorite club basketball memories would be winning the UAA National Championship last summer and winning the eybl session 2 in Louisville this summer while playing on ESPN. 
2) You have made your college commitment and will be joining Head Coach Ruth Sinn and the University of St Thomas. What were some of the deciding factors in your decision to play your college basketball and attend school in St Paul?
St Thomas truly felt like home when I stepped on campus and after my unofficial visit there I had a special feeling about the school, program, people, and coaching staff. I knew that’s exactly where I wanted to be and the place that would maximize my potential not only as a player but as a person. Along with that, having an opportunity to play along side a great group of girls and for a phenomenal coach and program was something I couldn’t pass up. I love the way Coach Sinn coaches and her values and aspirations all lined up to what I was looking for in a coach. On top of that I love how she is so passionate about the program, coaching the game of basketball, and the university itself. 
3) Last year at Appleton East you had a tremendous season, reaching the State Championship game in Division I. You were part of a trio of Division I players alongside Emily LaChapell and Lily Hansford. They have both graduated, so the team will look much different, but what will be some of your individual and team goals for the 2022-23 season?
Going into the 2022-23 season I really don’t have any individual accomplishments I am looking to achieve. I want to be able to have fun, compete, love what I’m doing and who I’m around, and truly just enjoy my last year of high school basketball. Being able to have a bigger leadership role is exciting for me. I’m looking forward to being able to set an example for the younger girls and help them in any way possible. As for the team, we will control the things we can but we will always play hard, have fun, and compete. I am excited to have Coach Pitzner as our new head coach and look forward to playing for him and all the new things I can learn. 
4) You've had the chance to play in a State Championship as well as on the EYBL circuit, an opportunity few get to experience. Besides your home court at East, where are some of your favorite places you've played and what did you like about those courts?
The one place that sticks out in my mind is playing at Oshkosh North in the sectional final last season. It sticks out to me because of the environment and the energy within the gym. It was truly a special feeling seeing the community of Appleton East that came out to support us. Other than that I really don’t have a favorite place to play other than East. Wherever there is a ball and a hoop I am more than happy to be there. 
5) What was the best advice you received during the recruiting process and what are some of the things you'd encourage younger players to look for in their own recruiting journey?
Some of the best advice I received during the recruiting process was to go somewhere you are wanted but also somewhere you are needed. Another great piece of advice I received during the recruiting process was while you are on campus and taking a tour to block out the basketball part for a second ask yourself if you truly see yourself going to that school and being a student there. 
Some things I would encourage to younger players is make sure you have a notebook just for recruiting. In there you can write down any questions you have and what the coaches response is, things that stood out to you during the phone call or campus visit, and how you felt after that phone call or visit. By doing this you will be able to not only reflect on how the phone call or visit went but the next interaction you have with the coach you can follow up with them about those things you wrote down. The next piece of advice I would encourage is do your research and be prepared! This way you can have an idea of the school, program and the people you’re talking to. The last piece of advice I would highly encourage is ask questions!!! Really get a good understanding of who the coach is, their background, what the program is like, etc. Having your questions already written down before you get on campus or before a phone call helps so you know what things you are going to ask. Also helps so you don’t ask the same question twice! By having a recruiting notebook, doing your research, being prepared and asking lots of questions you will be able to make the right decision for you when the time comes for you to pick a school to continue your athletic and academic career at.

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