ND recruit Ali Patberg named National Player of the Year

IRISH STEW

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The honors keep rolling in for Notre Dame’s all-guard, all-prep All-America women’s basketball recruiting class, now counted on even more heavily after Irish junior guard Jewell Loyd declared early for the WNBA Draft.

On Friday, Patberg was named MaxPreps National Player of the Year, an honor former Irish All-America guard Skylar Diggins earned in 2009 coming out of South Bend Washington High.

The 5-foot-10 Columbus (Ind.) North product was named Indiana Miss Basketball last month. In fact, she, Arike Ogunbowale (Wisconsin) and Marina Mabrey (New Jersey) were all their respective state’s Player of the Year, state champions and McDonald’s All-Americans.

Mabrey was the East squad’s MVP in its 89-87 victory earlier this month.

Patberg averaged nearly 25.9 points per game and shot 51 percent from the field this season in leading North to a 28-1 record and the Class 4-A state title.

During the championship run she averaged nearly 31 points per game over the final five games. In the state championship 62-56 victory over Fort Wayne Homestead, Patberg scored half the Bull Dogs' points and had nine rebounds and five assists.

Notre Dame women's hoops recruit Ali Patberg, of Columbus (Ind.) North High School, poses for a photo as the runaway winner of this year's Indiana Miss Basketball. On Saturday, Patberg added the honor of MaxPreps National Player of the Year. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, FRANK ESPICH)

2014 - A'ja Wilson, Heathwood Hall Episcopal (Columbia, S.C.)

2013 - Diamond DeShields, Norcross (Ga.)

2012 - Breanna Stewart, Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.)

2011 - Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)

2010 - Chiney Ogwumike, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)

2009 - Skylar Diggins, South Bend Washington (Ind.)

2008 - Nneka Ogwumike, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)

2007 - Maya Moore, Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.)

2006 - Jacki Gemelos, St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.)