Heritage Hills graduate Rosbottom ready for Purdue

By JOHN PATISHNOCK
Herald Sports Writer

Two years ago, Drew Rosbottom arrived at Vincennes University with a mission: transform into a ballplayer capable of competing at the Division I level.

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The 2011 Heritage Hills High School graduate did just that, with the recent announcement that he’ll continue his career at Purdue University, where he’ll enroll this fall. Vincennes coach Chris Barney contacted Purdue associate head coach Jeff Duncan to convey Rosbottom’s interest, helping Rosbottom land exactly where he wanted.

“Definitely excited, kind of a surreal moment but something I’ve been dreaming about for a year now has come true,” Rosbottom said. “It’s a pretty big deal for me and one of the proudest moments in my athletic career.”

Barney asked Rosbottom what school he’d most like to attend, an easy question for Rosbottom. The Boilermakers are the team he rooted for growing up and it’s where he wanted to continue his education. Rosbottom will major in economics, with the goal of working in the financial sector after graduation.

Drew, the son of Bruce Rosbottom and the late Cindy Rosbottom of Santa Claus, said his time at Vincennes was definitely worthwhile. He surmised that if he attended a Division I school right out of high school, he wouldn’t have enjoyed that much playing time and wouldn’t have improved so quickly. But at Vincennes, he estimated he’s played close to 200 games during the last two years, including games in the fall against nearby schools.

Extra playing time combined with an opportunity to still experience everything else college has to offer helped the former Patriot feel confident he’s ready for the transition.

“Just going to college helps you grow up, you’re on your own and it’s a little bit different,” said Rosbottom, who ranks in the top five this season for Vincennes in runs scored (30), hits (40), doubles (12) and RBIs (23).

On playing at Purdue, he added: “It’s going to be real cool just being in a big college town and being in that atmosphere. It’s something I haven’t really been around a lot and I think it’ll be new and exciting.

“I’m definitely ready for that level and I’m just excited about it.”

Purdue won 45 games, claimed the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles and hosted an NCAA Tournament Regional last season. This year, the Boilermakers sport a record of 13-27 (5-13 Big Ten). Doug Schreiber is in his 15th season coaching the Boilermakers.

Based on conversations with Purdue’s coaches, Rosbottom anticipates starting at third base and hitting in the middle of the lineup, though he added he expects he’ll have to earn the playing time.

Purdue will help pay for the tuition for Rosbottom, who credited a family tie with the Boilermakers as another reason they became his top choice. He has an uncle and a grandfather who attended Purdue, making the decision not only simple but also memorable.

“It’s kind of cool I’ll be carrying on a family tradition,” Rosbottom said. “It’s cool that I’ll be the third generation to go there.”

Contact John Patishnock at jpatishnock@dcherald.com.




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