Women's Basketball
Sarah Hartwell to Transfer to Illinois

Sarah Hartwell was a two-time all-state selection in high school.
Sarah Hartwell was a two-time all-state selection in high school.

May 22, 2012

Champaign, Ill. - Head Coach Matt Bollant has announced that 5-10 guard Sarah Hartwell has signed a tender of financial aid and will transfer to Illinois for her final three seasons of eligibility. Hartwell, a native of Tacoma, Wash., appeared in 10 games during her freshman year at Georgia Tech. She will be able to play for the Illini starting in 2013-14, after sitting out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Hartwell was a two-time all-state selection while playing at Bellarmine Prep, earning first-team honors as a senior and second-team honors as a junior. She was a four-star prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz and listed as the 29th-best guard in the class of 2011. Hartwell averaged 15.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in 2010-11 in guiding Bellarmine to a 22-7 record and a 14-0 mark in the Narrows League. The 2008 Narrows League 4A Freshman of the Year was named league MVP in both 2010 and 2011.

On the track, Hartwell was a two-time state champion as a member of Bellarmine's 4x100-meter relay (2008 and 2009) and ran for the state champion 4x400-meter relay in 2009.

"Sarah is an elite athlete who wants to learn and grown," Bollant said. "She was highly sought-after out of high school and is someone we can build our program around. She played our defensive trapping system in AAU and excelled at it. Offensively, as a No. 2 or No. 3 guard, she can get to the rim."