This edition of Five Questions & Quick Hitters is with Hope Barington. Hope is an absolute proven winner, with a State Championship at Notre Dame Academy High School (WI) and member of Wisconsin Purple Aces for club hoops. Also recently committed to UW-Oshkosh in the 2023 class. Thanks for your time Hope!
1. Congratulations on your recent commitment to UW-Oshkosh! What were some of the main factors you verballed with Coach Fischer and the Titans?
Being there felt familiar and right. They do things similar to how we do things here at Notre Dame when it comes to offenses and defenses. The coaches were a big part of my decision. I really like all of them and felt a connection when talking with them and getting to know them. They have a strong program with people I have played with or against in the past. I would also get to play with Sarah Hardwick again and I love Sarah. It was just a great all around fit for me.
2. You are one of the leaders on the Division 2 defending State Champions at Notre Dame Academy. Expectations are always high at Notre Dame, but what are some of your individual and team goals heading into your Senior season?
Our main team goal is to obviously win a 3-peat. We have a really solid team again and it is a possibility that that could happen if we put in the work and stay focused on our goal. Individually I would say just to improve our skills. Most of the team will go off to play at the collegiate level and in order to do that you need to always be working and improving your game.
3. You were patient in recruiting and didn't just jump at the first offer you had. Who were some of the people who helped guide you through recruiting and what advice would you give to younger players who may be new to the whole process?
There will be many ups and downs through the recruiting process and just to be patient. You want to find the best fit for you and really connect with not only the coaches but the players at the college you want to go to. Also many coaches have said it's better to be completely honest with them that you aren’t interested than to say maybe and let them think that you are really considering their school. It’s not fair to the coaches and other players that are being recruited to tell a coach you're interested when you're not because that means there are less opportunities for other players. Lastly, when you find the school that is right for you, you will just know. You get a feeling that it’s the place you want to be and the people you want to spend the next four years with.
4. As you look back at your journey to where you are today as a player, what have been some of your favorite memories, either from school basketball or club basketball, that have led you to where you are today?
In 5th grade I hit the game winner shot by banking a 3.
Winning state the past two years.
Spending time with my Aces team every summer and just having fun.
In middle school I would practice with the guys' team.
Running the play money with my teammate Aubrey in future triton basketball and no one being able to stop us.
5. You're still early in your overall basketball journey, what are you still hoping to accomplish in your High School and college playing career, and would you consider coaching one day when your playing days finally wind down?
It would be amazing to have a 3-peat and win state once again. I am also hoping to just keep improving my skills these next few years and have a good college career at UWO.
I would consider coaching one day. I love working with kids and I enjoy spending time with them and seeing them have fun. It would be really cool to be able to coach while helping kids to love the game I grew up playing.
1. Name of favorite play at NDA: Money
2. Favorite All-Time Coach: Mr. Schultz
3. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
4. Dream Vacation: Iceland
5. Dream Job: Social Worker for Foster Care/Adoption
6. Biggest phobia: Spiders
7. Favorite Disney character: Rapunzel
8. Favorite place you've ever traveled for basketball: Chicago
9. What do you wish you learned earlier: Have fun while you're still young and don’t take for granted the little things that make you happy.
10. Favorite Holiday food: Pie