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Five Questions/Quick Hitters: Alyssa Bartlett

10/12/2022, 1:15am CDT
By Chuck Thompson

This edition of Five Questions & Quick Hitters is with Alyssa Bartlett. Alyssa is one of the top 2025 Point Guards in the region, playing her High School ball with Southeast Polk (IA) & club hoops with Kingdom Hoops 2024 Elite. Thanks for your time Alyssa!

 

 

1. While a lot of your basketball teammates are awaiting the opening of practice, you're already active this fall. How is the Cross Country season going for you, and what are some of your post-season goals for yourself and the team?

Cross country is going very well. I recently ran my best time at our last meet in Fort Dodge. My time was 21:15, which I’m very proud of. My goals are to keep pushing, working, and trying to beat my times from before. I plan on continuing to support my teammates. Our team goal is definitely to qualify for state. We are challenging each other every day at practice to keep improving.

 

2. You are a part of Kingdom Hoops for club ball, and your team has consistently played up at least one age level. How has your experience with Kingdom Hoops been, what were some of your favorite events from last season, and what are some of your expectations heading into the spring and summer of 2023?

Playing with Kingdom has done so much for me and I’m so thankful I get to play and be coached by a talented kingdom staff. This past summer season was so much fun. My favorite memory was definitely playing in Chicago, even though our team didn’t get the outcome we wanted. We played very well against some high-level U17 teams. We had a lot of fun being around one another. As next summer season rolls around, I’m expecting to have another competitive season with the people I love.

 

3. You had the opportunity to start as a Freshman at Southeast Polk last year. With the entire starting lineup returning this year, what are the team expectations and in what ways will you look to expand your game as a Sophomore?

I was very blessed to get to be starting point guard at Southeast Polk. As this year's season is coming up we are all very excited to see what we can do. Knowing that we have pretty much the exact same team as last year is a huge plus, at the end of last year's season we all started clicking and playing as a team. I can’t wait to see how much our chemistry with one another has improved and to see how well we can do this year. It’s going to be very exciting to watch. As a sophomore, I plan to continue to be in charge of the game and become more of a threat on the offensive side.

 

4. Between Kingdom Hoops and Southeast Polk, you are part of two very well-regarded programs that certainly catch the eyes of college coaches and evaluators. As you get deeper into recruiting, what are you looking for in a college hoops program, what type of coach would you like to play for, and do you have any idea what you will potentially be looking at for a Major?

I am thankful to play for two highly skilled programs. These programs have benefited me to compete at the next level. When I think of college I think of playing in a huge arena, with bright lights, and a whole lot of fans. I love playing in large atmospheres so that’s what I’d like to experience in college. I’d like to play for a coach that is always ready to build relationships with their players and a coach who knows their player’s strengths and weaknesses to help them get through situations calmly. I would potentially be looking at majoring in elementary education.

 

5. You are counted on as a Point Guard to be the primary ball handler and creator on offense for both your High School and club programs. What do you consider to be the most important qualities that a Point Guard needs to have to be successful?

There are so many different things you need to be a point guard, but I think having a high IQ, being an efficient ball handler, and being confident are the 3 most important qualities. Being confident is probably the biggest one because point guards run the game, they are in charge and know where their teammates have to be. It’s important to confidently communicate and be a threat. Being an efficient ball handler when the defense is going to throw a full-court press at you. You’ve always got to be ready for different situations and just be able to be under pressure in close games. You need to stay relaxed and handle the ball. Having a high IQ is a huge thing because without a high IQ your team would struggle to be successful. With a higher IQ, you have a better understanding of the entire game. A point guard is a real leader on the court and is in charge.

 

Quick Hitters:

1. Quickest player you've had to defend: Averi Porter

2. Favorite spot to shoot from: Left-wing

3. Favorite singer or band: Morgan Wallen

4. Most annoying celebrity: I don't know

5. Favorite visiting High School gym to play at: Johnston

6. Favorite Social Media: Tik Tok

7. Last Google search: Blaze pizza cost

8. Last thing you lost: My retainers (I found them though)

9. Favorite zoo animal: Giraffe

10. Favorite place you've traveled to for basketball game or event: Milwaukee

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