Rosenbaum hasn't looked back since giving up hoops

By BRIAN RICKERD State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Hal Rosenbaum never had a problem recognizing his limitations on the basketball court at Western Hills High School.

"My flaw was that I couldn't jump, and I wasn't very quick," said Rosenbaum, who was nevertheless a standout roundball player for the Wolverines in the early 90s. "I could shoot the ball.

"Defense wasn't my, uh ... you wouldn't want to put me on somebody's best scorer."

Rosenbaum averaged 15-20 points a game his last two years in the Western Hills backcourt, graduating in 1994. He then passed on opportunities to play basketball at Division III schools like Transylvania, Centre and Thomas More and decided to walk on at Division I Georgia Southern.

But by the time he got to Statesboro, Ga., that fall of '94, Rosenbaum's heart wasn't in the game.

He knew basketball wouldn't be his future, and he had a pretty good idea that medicine would.

In other words, Rosenbaum grew up.

"I went down there and kind of lost my motivation to play basketball," said Rosenbaum, the son of David and Pat Rosenbaum. "I knew that I wanted to be a doctor.

"I think once you're 10 hours away from your family, you start growing up really quickly, and you start making some decisions that you may not make if you're under the close watch of your parents," he added. "So I decided if I was really serious about being a doctor, I needed to probably hang up my basketball shoes and start studying."

Rosenbaum hasn't looked back.

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