This edition of Five Questions & Quick Hitters is with Rowan Klesmit, one of the top 2026 talents in Wisconsin. Rowan will be a Freshman at Neenah High School and plays club hoops with Wisconsin Flight Elite 2026 Nike.
1. You got some great press for your performance at the Prep Girls Hoops Wisconsin Top 250. What were some areas of your game you got to work on while there, and what were some of your overall takeaways from the experience?
Since AAU season wrapped up, it's been a lot of individual work and getting shots up on my own. It was great to play in games and compete again. I've been working on quicker release from the three with a hand in my face, left hand work, decision making, and moving off the ball. It was great to get back to five on five action again and apply those things I've been working on. There was a lot of talent at the Champion Center which provided great competition and exposure.
2. As a Freshman you finally get to be part of the Varsity program at Neenah High School. What are your goals for yourself this season, and how do you hope you are able to make an impact on the program in 2022-23?
My goals are to build relationships with every one of my teammates. I'm also excited to do whatever it takes to help get my team to the State Tournament this year. I will also continue to work on getting better every day by strength and skill training. I also hope to be a positive role model for younger girls in our youth program.
3. With your success you are likely to become a very heavily recruited talent moving forward. Who are some of the people you will lean on for guidance during the process and what do you hope to find in a school/basketball program?
My family is a huge support system. Having two brothers who went through the recruiting process, I know they will be especially helpful in my decision making. They have been great role models for me, and continue to push me to be my best everyday. My parents, who have both spent countless hours in the gym with me, will play a major role in helping me navigate the recruitment process as well. I will be looking at schools with strong academics and degrees that I am interested in. I'd like to play in a program that feels like family, with a great game day atmosphere.
4. You play your club basketball with Wisconsin Flight Elite, which allows you to face a constantly strong schedule throughout the season. What were some of your favorite memories this past season, and what are you looking forward to the most in the upcoming season?
One of my favorite memories from this last AAU season includes playing in Virginia Beach at the Boo Williams Invitational. It was a great trip to bond with teammates, and we faced great competition from all over the country. I also loved the atmosphere and energy of the Nike EYBL Nationals in Chicago. With a year of playing together under our belt, I look forward to our Flight team being even more competitive this next season. AAU takes us all over the country, and I love the travel and the match ups with talented teams from different parts of the country.
5. You're still early in your basketball journey, but 20 years from now when you look back at your playing career, what do you hope you will have accomplished as a player?
20 years from now, I hope to look back and be proud of everything I have accomplished. I want to be able to say I gave basketball 110%, and I hope to have stayed connected with everyone I encountered in my journey. Basketball has already taken me to so many different states, and introduced me to great players and coaches. I look forward to making even more basketball memories and seeing what the future holds.
1. Favorite ice cream flavor: Cookie dough
2. Favorite visiting High School gym to play at: Kaukauna
3. Favorite Social Media: Snapchat
4. Rain, snow, or neither: Neither (Sunshine!)
5. Toughest class: Anything social studies related
6. Favorite restaurant: Huhot
7. Favorite Actor/Actress: Kevin Hart
8. Go-to hype song: Lose Yourself- Eminem
9. Biggest fear: Long term injury
10. Fastest teammate (High School or club): Allie Ziebell if we're doing lines