Highland Park, Sports

Athlete of the Week: 10 questions with Sam Rohn, Highland Park basketball

Sam Rohn is a senior and three-year varsity point guard for the Giants.

1. Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?

Not really. The team all stretches together and I guess I do my own stretches and try to get my mindset right before a game. But no rituals.

2. What are your plans for next year?

Go to college for academic reasons. I do not know where yet — Ohio State hopefully. I have a lot of family down there and always wanted to go to a big campus. I was a fan of their sports teams growing up and I feel like it would be a great fit.

3. What is your favorite thing to do off the court?

Play video games. I’m a big video game guy. Right now, “Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2.” It’s a great game.

4. If you played another sport, what would it be?

Football. I played football growing up and I loved it. I am mad at myself that Im not playing. I stopped after seventh grade because the Little Giants, Highland Park’s local team, shut down because not enough kids were playing. I didn’t know what to do, so I stopped playing and started playing a lot more basketball.

5. What is your top sports moment so far?

Last year, we were playing rival Deerfield on the road at the end of the season and we beat them, which was very great.

6. Who is your favorite athlete?

De’Aaron Fox (PG-NBA Sacramento Kings). Love De’Aaron. He’s fast, athletic, he can iso(late) and he involves his teammates. He’s not a ball hog. Him being a lefty is very satisfying. I like that he’s a lefty.

7. What is your dream job?

Day trading. I’ve always been interested in stocks and trading and I’ve always wanted to do it. I’ve been getting into it a lot more recently. I’m going to college for finance so hopefully I can do it.

8. If you’re in Walgreens with a couple bucks, what are you buying?

Twix probably. Love Twix. It’s my go-to.

9. What’s something people don’t know about you?

When I was 3 years old, I lost a toe, so I only have nine toes. When I was a kid, it bothered me a lot. Now I’m just so used to I don’t realize. It’s a very long story. My dad opened the freezer and a big (packaged) Italian beef rolled out and it chopped two of my toes off. Both were sewn back on, but then in the airport, someone stepped on my toe and it later fell off when we were in Florida.

10. How do you want this team to finish the season?

We ended on a win at York (Jack Tosh Invitational) to end a big losing streak and I think that can be a turnaround point. We can keep moving forward and keep getting wins because of that. We’ve had struggles but we’re a very close team and I think we can overcome them and win more games.

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