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Jessup lands EU star guard

Rose ends up in perfect situation after long wait

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Jessup lands EU star guard

Graduating East Union guard Ashley Rose will continue her basketball career at William Jessup University in Rocklin next year.

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POSTED May 23, 2009 2:29 a.m.
Ashley Rose’s breakout senior campaign on the hardwood for East Union High was rewarded with honors, recognition from the local media and contacts with several interested collegiate programs.

After months of anxious waiting, her patience and hard work have finally paid off.

She made her final choice official Thursday at her home where she signed a letter of intent to play for NAIA Division II William Jessup University of Rocklin.

William Jessup presented the perfect situation for Rose, who will receive a partial scholarship.

“They were recruiting me earlier in the season for basketball, but when I visited the school I found out they had my major (public policy),” she said. “And it’s only an hour or so away — far, but close enough to my family. It’s just a bunch of things mixed into one.”

A few other factors helped clinched the decision. William Jessup was in need of a guard with a scoring touch, and the Warriors play aggressive defense with an up-tempo transition game, which is Rose’s preferred style after growing comfortable with it at East Union and Stockton powerhouse St. Mary’s. Rose transferred from St. Mary’s midway through her sophomore year.

Rose was named the Valley Oak League Most Valuable Player and Bulletin’s All-Area Player of the Year after leading the Lancers to their third straight conference championship and a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal appearance against St. Mary’s, which went on to win the state title.

Rose anchored East Union to an impressive 27-3 overall finish, drilling a school record 81 3-pointers while pouring in 18.5 points per game. She also averaged five assists and 3.5 steals.

“Ashley is going to be a great player for us for a long time,” William Jessup assistant coach Melissa Treibwasser said in a press release Friday. “Her ability to hit the three will open things up for us, and she is also a great passer with excellent court vision.  

“She has worked hard to become a solid defender as well, and I think she will be an impact player for us on both sides of the floor. I couldn’t be happier to bring in such a great player and great person into our program and our family.”

The icing on the cake was the earlier signing of East Union teammate Alyssa Wegner, who will play both basketball and soccer. Wegner signed her letter to compete for William Jessup in March.

Rose is the third Lancer to sign. Fellow backcourt star Rachel McDaniel will play for Cal Baptist University, an NAIA Division I school out of Riverside, next winter.

“Alyssa going there makes it even more awesome,” Rose said. “We’ve known each other since freshman year, and now we’re going to play college basketball together. It’s a great knowing I’ll already have a great friend there.”

The College of Idaho, Simpson College and Menlo College also pursued Rose, and a few NCAA Division II schools from Hawaii, Oregon and Washington came in contact.

“(The recruiting process) was kind of late for me, because for basketball you’re mainly recruited during your junior year,” Rose said. “But I ended up having more options than I expected because I did a lot better my senior year. I also had a lot more looks than I thought I would have because of how well the team did.”
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