Ali Bamberger, a 6’3″ versatile big from Concord, California (Carondelet HS), entered her name into the NCAA Transfer Portal; and is no longer on the University of Washington women’s basketball roster.
Ali was another of UW Head Coach Jody Wynn’s recruits from the prominent CalStars grassroots girls basketball program of the Nike Girls EYBL.
Possibly the biggest recruiting coup of Jody Wynn’s tenure is the establishment of a recruiting pipeline with CalStars — signing Haley Van Dyke, Ali Bamberger and incoming freshman Tameiya Sadler over the past three years.
Ali Bamberger suffered a major knee injury versus UCLA at home — tearing her ACL, MCL and meniscus in the Huskies’ home upset of #8 UCLA in a collision with an opposing player.
Prior to injury, Bamberger was just reaching her highest performance level as a freshman player.
Against UCLA, Bamberger was having her best game as a Dawg, leaving the game with a season-high 12 points (4-for-5 shooting overall) plus five rebounds and a season-high three assists.
This followed Ali’s previous best game of the season, a few days earlier, versus USC at home — where Bamberger totaled 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Throughout the season, Bamberger showed flashes of her versatility as a modern “position-less” big — shooting 34.8% from the behind the three-point-line; demonstrating effective high post play as a passer and screener; as well as, an improving post game.
#24 ALI BAMBERGER GIVE-AND-GO PASS TO TT WATKINS
Unusual for a freshman player, Bamberger is a high IQ player that was usually in the right place offensively and defensively,
After a slow start, Bamberger averaged 3.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game with 20 assists, 17 steals and 10 blocks for the season.
#24 ALI BAMBERGER WITH LAYUP FROM TT WATKINS
Due to the severity of Bamberger’s knee injury, It was unlikely that Bamberger would play at all next next season for the Huskies — in 2020-2021 –and would instead redshirt.
Ali Bamberger will have three years of eligibility remaining with her new team.
Ali was a great competitor for the Huskies. We wish her a speedy recovery and nothing but the best moving forward.