Sophomore Maxie Rosenbloom is in his second season at Bemidji State and has been fighting for playing time ever since he stepped onto campus. The forward from St. Paul, Minn. took some time away from taking charges and pulling down rebounds to talk with us, as we get to know Maxie Rosenbloom.
What brought you to BSU?
There are a couple reasons. Getting up here and seeing the campus and how it’s right next to the lake. I’m kind of a sucker for scenery. Also the different relationships on the team, how close everyone seemed. Just seemed like a close-knit family. They welcomed me with opened arms.
What was it like to go 32-0 as a senior at Johnson High School?
It was incredible. You just can’t ask for a better ending than that. We just worked really hard and kept going towards our goals. We got the school and community excited about it. It was definitely a bright spot.
How about being named Pioneer Press Player of the Year?
I was probably the most surprised person when I heard that I got it. There were guys putting up more gaudy numbers than me, but that was a big time achievement for me.
How did your first year as Beaver treat you?
It was a learning experience to say the least. Going from high school to college basketball there is so much more incorporated into the game, so many more little details you have to pay attention to if you want to be successful. The big thing for me was the physical part. I got banged up the first couple months and I figured I have to get into the weight room and get stronger if I want to compete. Eventually I did that and stayed confident, worked my way off the bench towards the end of the year and hopefully I can build on that this year.
What do you think your role this year?
I’ll do whatever coach tells me. You want me to go dive on the floor, I’ll go dive on the floor. You want me to go get a rebound, I’ll do that. Just whatever coach tells me to do, I’ll do it.
What is your best quality on the basketball court?
Defense is my strength. I always like stopping somebody more than scoring on somebody.
I’ve heard you have a huge fear of water, how did that come about?
It all started when I was about seven or eight years old, going down to the community center for swimming lessons. I remember it like yesterday, I saw this little girl hop in the pool and she just started going nuts, and I didn’t want any part of that, so since then it has been a lingering fear. But, this summer I took baby steps. I got into the kiddie pool, then in the real pool, then got in the lake, then got into the big lake up here. One Friday coach whipped out his jet ski and I actually got on the tube and took a spill in the middle of the lake. I panicked for little bit, but as you can see I made it safely back.
What is your favorite season?
I like the Fourth of July. When its nice and warm and there is none of this cold and snow and ice nonsense we are battling right now. Middle of the summer, that is where you can catch me outside, 90-95 degrees, just soaking it in.
Do you have major and career plans yet?
Right now I’m majoring in business administration. Not quite sure what the route is there, whether it be finance, accounting or management. Somewhere in the business field, hopefully I can be one of those guys wearing a three-piece suit to work with a nice view of the city from my office.
How did you enjoy the Colorado tip and exhibition against Minnesota?
With going to Colorado, it was a business trip, but at the same time it was a bonding trip for our team. We are already close, but to be able to hang out with your buds all weekend, laughing and joking, that is what I really enjoyed. Going down to Williams Arena was really something special too. Just experiencing Big Ten basketball at a premium, the fans, the set-up and the competition was all Big Ten.
It seems you have a personality people flock too, why do you think that is?
I really don’t know. I just try to have a good time, try stay laughing and smiling. I don’t let things get me down too much. Just got to roll with the punches and keep a smile on my face.