IU women land transfer Patberg

Ali Patberg has been an Indiana University fan her whole life. Next year, she’ll get to be a part of the Hoosier athletics family.

The 2015 Indiana Miss Basketball and McDonald’s All-American from Columbus North announced Sunday night that she is transferring to IU. That came two weeks after her decision to leave Notre Dame.

“From the very beginning, when I was a sophomore (in high school), I wanted to stay in Indiana because that’s where my heart is,” Patberg said. “It’s going to be awesome. I’m very close to my family and my friends from home. I wouldn’t say that influenced me, because I wanted to find the right fit for me. But they’ve supported me all through the good and bad times.”

Patberg led Columbus North to four consecutive regional titles and the 2015 Class 4A state championship. Her two years at Notre Dame was marked by injuries and little playing time.

“We are thrilled that Ali has chosen to continue her academic and athletic career at Indiana University,” IU coach and Seymour native Teri Moren said in a statement. “As one of the most decorated players to come out of the state of Indiana, she will be a great addition to our roster. She comes from a great basketball family, and we are looking forward to having them all join the IU basketball family.”

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.