The next phase of Ali Patberg’s career won’t entail playing professional basketball in her home state.
Less than two weeks after being drafted in the third round by the Indiana Fever, the franchise announced on Thursday it has waived the Columbus, Ind. product.
Patberg was one of seven players drafted by the Fever.
From Columbus North High School, to college stops at both Notre Dame and Indiana, 2015 Indiana Miss Basketball Ali Patberg will now look for her next career move. Indiana head coach Teri Moren has often raved about Patberg’s leadership skills, and has suggested a future in coaching would be a good fit. It would not be a surprise to see Patberg emerge in a graduate assistant role or other position within a college program in the short term.
The 5-foot-11 guard played seven years of college basketball and was the second-ever NCAA women’s basketball player to earn a seventh season.
From 2018-22 with the Hoosiers, Patberg finished her career ninth all-time in IU scoring history with 1,752 points, third all-time in assists with 528 and also pulled down more than 500 rebounds in her four-year playing career for the Hoosiers finishing with 512. The Hoosier legend started all 123 games she appeared in at IU and became the program’s 28th member of the 1,000 points club during the 2020-21 season.
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