High School: Trenton Catholic Academy (Hamilton Township, NJ)
Recruiting Status: Undecided
Notes: born in the United States but spent most of her life in the Dominican Republic before returning to the U.S.
Recruiting Summary for Aalyah Del Rosario
NJ.com’s All-State First Team girls basketball selections, 2021 (NJ.com, 3/24/2021)
If you take one look at Del Rosario’s numbers, 16.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, she might not stack up with some of the other players around the state numbers-wise. However, that doesn’t take into account the amount of double and triple teams she faced. The 6-foot-6 post player was the player opposing coaches centered their game plan around, and Del Rosario dealt with it at a high level. Add in her passing and her defensive abilities and Del Rosario showed why was she was one of the best in the state this year.
For Del Rosario, who was born in the United States but spent most of her life in the Dominican Republic before returning three years ago, there is still so much to work on over the coming years. . . .
But her prowess does not just end on the court: Del Rosario is an excellent student. Even though English is her second language, she has a 3.8 GPA, and has plans to study Business when she gets to college in a couple years.
“English is not my first language,” Del Rosario said. “It is Spanish. So when I came back the first couple of years, it was hard for me to learn what was going on in the classroom. But after I started to understand it better, I did so much better in class. I took ESL classes every day, and those helped me a lot. Now, I get really good grades in class.
“I want to major in Business in college, but I also enjoy the other classes as well, like History, Math, English, because those help you learn for the future.”