Becca Bruszewski is preparing to teach the skills that she mastered in her basketball career.
Bruszewski, a 2007 Wheeler and 2011 Notre Dame grad, is developing The Fieldhouse-Merrillville's Li'L Dribbler Program in which basketball skills will be taught to younger kids.
"I am excited about it because I realized the basketball IQ is not like it was," Bruszewski said. "I want to teach these skills and do what I can to help out."
Bruszewski was The Times 2007 Player of the Year in basketball and was all-state, honorable mention All-America and an Indiana All-Star, earning MVP honors of the 2007 Indiana-Kentucky series.
She played in 136 games at Notre Dame and was a captain her senior year when the Fighting Irish fell to Texas A&M in Indianapolis in the title game.
Bruszewski has played professionally and learned quite a bit. She spent one year in Finland and most recently in Puerto Rico.
"I guess I learned how pro ball is a business," Bruszewski said. "When I was in Finland, I was the only player on the team for a whole year. They bring in a lot of people. It is a matter of do your job."
She said it was more intimidating.
"You are by yourself and coming from Notre Dame, where you have a great support system, it was a change," Bruszewski said. "It was good because I learned to adapt quickly. You have 10-hour flights when you are playing and you learn that you have to depend on yourself and not anyone else."
Bruszewski said she would like to play professionally again, but does not know where she will play. She said her agent is working with her to get her a spot on a team.