This edition of Five Questions & Quick Hitters is with Brooke Rose, a 2026 who's among the top prospects in Missouri. Brooke attends Ursuline Academy in Missouri and plays club hoops with Missouri Phenom. Thanks for your time Brooke!
1. You are a member of Missouri Phenom for club hoops. What were some of your highlights and favorite memories from this past season, and what are some of your goals and expectations for the spring and summer of 2023?
The best memories are from the incredible coaching and great teammates I’ve experienced across the year. I just had the opportunity to shoot a 3-point buzzer beater and that was memorable. Our Phenom program focuses a lot on a positive culture for players to get better and learn how to support one another. That helps players of all levels to become their best self. We had several wins and also lost some games this season, but no matter the score I always felt supported and challenged to continue improving. I can’t wait for summer of 2023! I’m going to be working hard until then to be the best I can be for my team.
2. As you enter your Freshman year at Ursuline Academy, what are some of the things you're most excited about and how do you feel you will be able to impact the program as a Freshman?
I have had the chance to know Coach Stevens for a few years through participating in his Unstoppable program as a younger player. I also already know many of the girls who I will be playing with at UA. I am excited to get to play with my big sister, Grace. She is a junior. I think we will have a very competitive team. I am excited to work hard to contribute in any way possible to the program. I hope to bring an intensity on defense and also help offensively through court awareness for passing as well as scoring. I want to also bring positive energy to practice and games.
3. You recently attended one of the PGC Basketball camps. What were some of the areas they focused on with skill training, and what were some of your biggest takeaways from the camp?
They enforced deliberate practice and lots of effective repetition, mental focus and techniques to get shots. There is also classroom sessions to work on IQ of the game with statistics involved - it overall is a great energy! My biggest takeaway is a hustle shooter can get 66,768 more shots in a year than an average shooter.
4. You've been recognized as one of the Top 10 players in Missouri by Jr All-Star for your class, and one of the Top 100 in the country by Top Spot Basketball. What does being recognized for your skills mean to you, and do you enjoy when you get the opportunity to face other players who have been included on the lists?
I am very grateful to be listed on the MO and national rankings. It really means so much to me. I want to thank my coaches for their support and time in helping me to improve my game. The opportunity to compete with and against girls on that list helps me to keep growing as a player. I feel I can learn so much from those experiences.
5. As a highly regarded 2026, you will be heavily recruited. Who are some of the individuals (family, coaches, teammates, former players) who you will seek out advice from during your own recruiting process?
I have been very lucky to have many experienced and passionate coaches in my time as a player. It is so important to have a coach that helps you get better as an individual and believes in you as a player. I would definitely be asking my recent coaches for their input as they know me as a player and where I might fit best. I also would ask my parents for guidance as they always want what is best for me and know me most as a person. I think the most important thing to me in my choice will be the coaching style and how I can contribute to the success of the program.
1. Name of favorite play you run at Ursuline Academy: Missouri
2. Quickest player you've had to defend: A lot of fast players!
3. Favorite professional athlete: Breanna Stewart
4. Go-to game-day snack: Smoothie King and Hershey’s Pretzels
5. Favorite Netflix series: Gilmore Girls
6. Favorite Movie: Hustle
7. Dream vacation: Maldives
8. Favorite teacher: Mrs. McCaw & Mrs. Hutchison
9. Biggest role model: My Parents
10. Favorite court you've ever played on: Mizzou