This edition of Five Questions/Quick Hitters is with Presley Blommers. Presley was with Lady Pure Prep for club hoops and is now a Senior at Oskaloosa High School (IA) who is nearing a college decision. Thanks for your time Presley!
1. You've picked up several offer and had more visits this fall to different schools. As you have entered your Senior season, what are some of the things you're looking for in a school and basketball programs?
I am looking for a school with a good basketball program but also good academics. I want the campus and feel to feel like home along with being able to picture building great relationships with the coaches and teammates in the future.
2. Over the spring and summer you completed your club career with Lady Pure Prep. As you look back on this past season, and club basketball overall, what were some of your favorite memories on or off the court?
My favorite memories were just spending time with teammates at practices, tournaments, and team meals. Best time was at Dave and busters at one of our tournaments after a long day of playing with some of the people I became very close with over the summer. Being able to play against and with high level people was an opportunity I’m very thankful for.
3. You were the leading scorer at Oskaloosa last season, but the team didn't have the success you'd probably hoped for. What are some of your individual and team goals heading into the 2022-23 season?
Although it may seem like we didn’t have a great season, Oskaloosa girls basketball has not had a good rep in the past. Coming in to high school they were winning 0 and 1 games per season, so bringing that up to a .500 record last year in a very tough conference was not something I was too bummed about. I was hoping to get further into regional play but I also knew that would be hard. This year, we are looking at very low numbers so as I try to get people out and spread the love for the sport, I am just going to try and focus on my game and preparing for college. However, I am still going to try my best to bring our small team together and have better strategy this year in order to win. I am hoping to average a couple more points than I have in the past in order to get 1000 points in my career, but also hoping to show the defensive abilities I have gained through pure prep.
4. As a player who has been patient in the recruiting process and letting it play out, what is some advice you would give to younger players who are still early on in the process or still haven't made their decision?
My best advice I wish I would have thought of when I was younger, is to play travel ball early. I was someone who didn’t realize the love I had for the sport until later on so I was late to the game, but I would 100% recommend playing travel ball in the sport you see a future in even if you play other sports. But also it is not necessarily a bad thing to wait recruiting wise, as for me, I still have a whole senior season to decide now.
5. When you aren't on the basketball court, what are some of your favorite activities and interests?
I like to play other sports such as softball, tennis, and volleyball and it takes up a lot of my free time. But I like to participate in student council and all our high school events, and I do many things for youth group which is actually ran by our high school assistant coach so it is a lot of fun.
1. Name of favorite High School basketball play you run: flex
2. Favorite visiting High School gym to play at: Pella Christian
3. Toughest player you've had to defend: Katie Keitges
4. Go-to game-day snack: liquid iv and protein bar
5. Favorite Netflix series: greys anatomy
6. Special talents: playing the piano
7. Dream Job: real estate broker in LA
8. Favorite place you've traveled for basketball: Chicago
9. Most recent Google search: sports administration jobs
10. Favorite sports movie: Friday night lights