My name is Brooke Bowman and I am 15 years old. I received my first toddler's basketball hoop when I was 11 months old. From that day on, I wanted to play basketball. I started playing rec league ball when I was 4 years old. This only increased my love for the game. All throughout grade school I've worked hard at school work and basketball. My parents have always encouraged me to focus on academics because no matter what happened in basketball, good grades will lead me to college. In my freshman year of high school I have maintained a 4.0 grade point average and am number one in my class.
Besides working hard in practice with my team, I have also worked out for countless hours outside of practice to make sure I stayed in top physical condition. Since sixth grade, I have been a team leader and have encouraged my teammates to do their best. On the floor, I have the responsibility of guiding my teammates on floor position when they are lost and to get them fired up when we are down. I have also encouraged many of the young kids at my school to achieve their dreams, and have tried to be a positive role model for them.
My first love in the game of basketball was shooting. The sound of the net every time I made a basket got me hooked. My dad often showed me old footage of Larry Bird shooting from the perimeter, so that is where I shoot best. During both my sixth and seventh grade years my shooting percentage was over 50% from the field.
As I grew past the 6 foot mark, posting up became a priority for my school team. These past two years I've really improved in the post and now consider myself as good at the post as at shooting. I also played guard quite a bit for my school's eighth grade team as an under classman because I could see the floor well over defenders and handle the ball. All of these experiences have increased my versatility.
I'm the type of athlete that thrives under pressure. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. I always want the ball in high pressure situations, and my teammates and coaches know that they can rely on me to make the shot. Being able to operate under pressure has also helped me win two state championships as an underclassman in shot put while helping my team win 3rd place twice at SIJHSAA State Basketball and 3rd Place once at Illinois Lutheran State Basketball.
I hope to earn a spot at a university that will push me both academically and in basketball. I want to play with the best. I would like most to make everyone in my community and family proud and to make my dreams come true.