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IMG Academy's Rina Hill and Natascha Hartvich sign National Letters of Intent
The late signing period for college basketball passed this week, and two members of the IMG Academy Women’s National Team, Rina Hill and Natascha Hartvich, signed their National Letters of Intent to Louisiana State University and Fresno State, respectively, on Wednesday, April 17. The pair of point guards helped guide their team to a 42-8 overall record, which included an impressive 7-2 mark over junior colleges.
Hill, a native of Nagoya-Shi, Japan and member of Japan’s U18 women’s national team, signed with LSU, and will join the Tigers program and play for Head Coach Nikki Caldwell. Described by Head Coach Shell Dailey as a “killer on the court,” Rina averaged 12.8 points per game, while pulling down 51 defensive boards and notching 51steals.
“Rina is a special player. She has an unbelievable work ethic, she likes to be pushed, she plays with a lot of energy and passion for the game. You can tell that she loves the game,” said IMG Academy Women’s Head Coach Shell Dailey. “She plays the game very, very well and she knows how to get into another person’s head, and put the team on her back.”
Her teammate Hartvich is a natural born leader that runs the floor with efficiency, and will join the Fresno State Bulldogs to play for Head Coach Raegan Pebley. Hartvich came to IMG Academy from Rungsted Kyst, Denmark and is a member her nation’s national team. Prior to joining IMG Academy, Hartvich earned the nickname “Taz” for her aggressive play-style, and the name stuck. Taz’s shot developed throughout the year, as she knocked down 72 three-pointers. Additionally, she pulled down 80 defensive boards and recorded 48 assists.
“I really see her helping Fresno State from a leadership standpoint, because she is so vocal and she’s not afraid, and is going to do everything she can to figure out how she can make the team better,” Dailey said of Hartvich. “She can shoot, she can pass, but most importantly, she is just a well-rounded player and I can’t say enough about her heart.”
Hill and Hartvich are seniors in the IMG Academy program, and set to graduate with the class of 2012.
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