Sanford's Allie Kubek has overcome a severe knee injury to verbally commit to play college basketball at Division I Towson University.
The 6' Kubek had a promising sophomore season going when she suffered a torn ACL in her knee that put an end to her year.
COMMITTED!🐯🖤 A HUGE thank you to my family and coaches who have stuck with me throughout my recruiting process. Excited to be a tiger 🐅🖤 @klhoops @tonyleeone @Towson_WBB @4realcoacht @MikeFlynn826 pic.twitter.com/N2Mn97yfUY— Allie Kubek (@alliekubek) August 1, 2019
Before the injury, she battled with Saint Anthony's (California's) 6'4" center Semaj Smith, scoring 15 points, while also limiting her looks for easy baskets. Smith had committed to Pac-12 school Arizona.
From the bench, Kubek watched the Warriors fall to Ursuline in a competitive state quarterfinal, but despite the injury, she had the drive to get back on the court.
"My love for basketball. I never really wanted to give that up just because of my knee. I wanted to get back quick, but stronger than before. I felt like if I kept working hard I'd get back to it."
That hard work paid off in 2018-19, as she stepped right back on the court and collected double-doubles in her first three games, including a match-up with Maryland power McDonogh.
In the background of her injury comeback was Allie's recruitment process.
Her height and skill attracted the attention of many Division I programs, including Saint Bonatventue, Saint Joe's, and Wagner, but Kubek said Towson earned the edge by not cooling on her, even with the unknown of her injury rehab.
"They're like a family to me. I've known them for over two years, pretty much. I love the campus, and they have a hospital on the campus, which is what I'm leaning towards to major in. It's close to home, and that's why it worked for me and my family."
Kubek becomes the third member of Sanford's 2018-19 state championship team to commit or sign with a Division I program.
Point guard Lauren Park-Lane will play at Seton Hall this year, while sharpshooting guard Olivia Tucker will be at Saint Bonaventure.
Kubek said she's looking forward to just focusing on her senior year on-and-off the court, but said there's simple advice for young basketball players who want to move on to the next level.
"What people should be focusing on is do what you can do, not what you can't do. A lot of players today are trying to do too much. Just stick to what you can do, work hard, and play smart, and I'm sure someone will come around for you."
As for Kubek's future, she joins a Towson program in the competitive Colonial Association Association where Delaware resides, and she said she knows she can't rest on her laurels.
"Over the summer, I'm definitely going to be working on my shot a little more. I know in college there are going to be girls who are 6'4" or 6'5", so if I can get them on the outside and drive past them or shoot the 3, I think that could be really helpful."
Allie Kubek has certainly been helpful for Sanford, and with the graduations of Park-Lane, Tucker, and fellow-center Sam Pollich, the spotlight will shine even bright on the future Towson Tiger.