Rob Mestas, a product of the south side of Minneapolis, grew up in the Powderhorn district where humble beginnings were the norm. Starting his enlightenment at a young age Rob was always the fastest kid in the neighborhood. It would be later in his life that he would harness his athletic ability and turn it into a thing of beauty.
Rob stumbled on to basketball at the Girls and Boys Club on 36th and Chicago in fifth grade. One of the mentors took Rob to a Clyde Tuner's basketball camp and Rob showed some promise. John Sherman took notice and recruited him to play for his Washburn traveling team. He played his 6th through 8th grade years with Washburn and teamed up with soon to be best friend Adrian Patterson. They played their eighth grade season together and made a choice to go to De La Salle for their freshmen year.
At De La Salle the coaches tried to put Rob on the Junior Varsity team at the beginning of the season. Adrian had something to say about that and let's just say Rob was starting Varsity by the first few games into the season. Not because of what Moose said, but because it gave him a chance to prove his self as one of the best players in the gym. As a freshman Rob paced the team at the point guard position, by playing harassing defense, and controlled the basketball like it was a part of his body. With a number of players that could put the ball in the hole like Lamar Westbury, Darren Dearring, Adrian Patterson to name a few, he didn't have to do too much scoring. About a year away from growing into his body he still played like he was a seasoned vet, and helped lead De La Salle to the State championship game. De La Salle lost in the championship game, and like Moose, Rob decided to leave De La Salle also. Instead of going back to his roots at Washburn, he chose to go to Roosevelt where he teamed up with John Thomas.
Rob made an immediate impact on that team. Pulling bodies together and making John Thomas look like an all American. Unselfishness and pride is what he brought to the game. His electrifying quickness was unmatched when you combined basketball skill and mental toughness with a super high basketball IQ. There were no guards that could stay in front of him and even less that could get by him. The Teddies were untouched during conference play. Thinking everything would be a cakewalk to state, they under prepared for a Totino Grace team that was ready. They knocked off the number one-ranked Teddies and left everybody in shock.
Rob knew that might have been his last chance to win a state championship, but that never stopped him from improving and rallying his guys to push for greatness. Rob did not achieve his goal of winning a state championship, but he received one of the most honorable awards a player can get, Mr. Basketball in the state of Minnesota. After a great senior year averaging around 25 points, 8 assists and 4 steals a game, he handily won the award. Rob finished his high school career being all conference all four years. He accepted a full ride to the university of Miami of Ohio and teamed up with Wally Szczerbiak. Rob lead Miami to 3 straight tournament appearances at the helm. He lead the nation his senior year, in minutes played averaging around 41 minutes a game. Quite remarkable to say the least.
After college he worked out with the Minnesota Timberwolves and later signed with a North Dakota CBA team called the Wizards. He lead that team to a national championship. Shortly after winning the championship with the Wizards, a chronic knee problem forced him to walk away from basketball earlier than he would have liked.
Currently Rob is giving back by coaching, and is committed to putting students in a better position to achieve their goals as the multicultural Director for Hennepin Tech. Rob Mestas is one in a million and still has a lot of knowledge and wisdom to give back. We expect great things from Rob in the near future. Rob is one of the best players to ever bless the Twin Cities, and it is people like Rob that can truly make an impact on our communities, and troubled youth, by being a stand and continuing to give back to the less fortunate.