This story appears in the Sept. 1 edition of The Community Post
On Aug. 26, Fort Loramie senior forward Dana Rose took to social media to announce her commitment to Tiffin University.
The point guard turned post player for the Lady Redskins basketball team handled the transition smoothly last year; Shooting 57% from the field, averaging a team high 10.7 points per game, four rebounds per game, two steals per game and a team high 28 blocked shots.
With her continued growth Rose has become an example of what modern basketball is today, position-less. She has the ability to now play in the post while still being able to step out on the perimeter or lead a fast break with the ability to guard any position on defense.
“I know what I wanted from her,” said Lady Redskins head coach Carla Siegel on if she envisioned the transition to the post going as smoothly as it did last year. “The question was could she do it? She came to practice every day, worked on it and made it as good as it could be. I saw it (happening), did I think it was going to happen? I wasn’t sure, but she made it happen. That’s a credit to her testament of what she can do.”
“The biggest thing for her (to learn) was how to use her body, using her foot speed in the post and making sure she was strong enough to finish at the glass,” said Siegel. “Her rebounding got better as the year went on. I just thought, physically, she became a presence for us last year.”
Playing at the next level has been something Rose knew she wanted to do from a young age.
“I think I knew ever since sixth grade,” said Rose on competing at the next level. “When I watched the older girls win state championships, I knew I wanted to continue my career after high school because I just love the game.”
When COVID19 shut down school and sports in March, Rose began to hear from teams and continued to throughout the summer.
“(Josh Mason), an assistant coach at Tiffin just got hired in April,” said Siegel. “He was the head at Cedarville, we played them Dana’s freshman and sophomore year in district finals. (When) he got the assistant job at Tiffin in April, he called me right away and said, ‘we want Dana Rose what do we have to do to get her?’ Obviously, he did his homework.”
This summer, Rose played with the Dayton Lady Hoopstars, an AAU program that has seen lots of local talent come through their ranks, most recently such as teammate McKenzie Hoelscher (Findlay volleyball commit) and Minster’s Ivy Wolf (Miami basketball commit) and Janae Hoying (Findlay basketball commit).
“This was her first (full) year with us,” said Lady Hoopstars coach Logan Allen. “With a little bit of unique circumstances that have gone on this year. She’s tremendously athletic, way more skilled than I think she gets credit for. As a competitor, there’s really no one ahead of her. Our kids love to compete, want to win and go against the best and she’s right there in line with all of them.”
“Dana’s a great kid,” added Allen. “She’s been everything and more of what we could’ve hoped for in what she brought to her our team. The thing I liked about her was you could challenge her, look her in the face and say, ‘I need more from you, now,’ and she internalizes that, doesn’t take it personal, the competitor that she is. She’s ready to give whatever, whenever for her teammates.”
There was interest from multiple schools but Tiffin ended up being the winner after Rose took an official visit in July, where she received an offer.
“I liked the (coaching staff),” said Rose who made the decision last Tuesday. “They see me as, not a sit in the paint type of player, but still around the rim and occasionally out in the short corner. It’s only three hours away, I just liked the campus overall. I didn’t have any college I specifically wanted to go to but I ended up liking Tiffin a lot and decided to go with it.”
“I know this summer, we didn’t get to play as much as we wanted to,” said Siegel. “We got into the gym a few times with our team. She's just stronger, more confident going into her senior year because she’s played that position for a year and a half. I think some heads are going to turn when she’s on the court this year for sure.”
“I got goosebumps for her,” said Siegel on learning of her commitment. “I’m so happy for her. I know the hard work she puts in, the goals she sets for herself. It’s a huge accomplishment, I’m ecstatic for her.”
With another year of high school basketball still left after last season was cut short, Rose’s expectations for her senior year remain high.
“Get better, have fun with my teammates and win a state championship this year,” stated Rose of her goals.
“It’s made me want to work a lot harder,” said Rose on using last season’s early ending as motivation. “Some people might think of it as pressure, ‘oh you have to win it this year,’ but I think it just fuels us with more fire to go work hard.”