Massachusetts women’s basketball coach Sharon Dawley announced the signing of two incoming freshmen, Kymber Hill and Meredith Tarver, on Tuesday, according to a press release issued by UMassAthletics.com. Below is the release in full:
AMHERST, Mass. – UMass women’s basketball and head coach Sharon Dawley announced the signing of KymberHill and MeredithTarver to letters of intent to play for the Minutewomen on Tuesday afternoon.
Hill is a member of the Althoff Catholic girl’s basketball team that has averaged more than 20 wins per season during her three years with the squad while the all-conference forward and center has lettered in each scholastic season. Tarver led Northview to a Georgia Region 5 Sweet 16 appearance in 2010-11 and enters her senior campaign as an all-region and all-metro honoree after averaging 14 points per game a season ago.
“We are thrilled that Kymber and Meredith will be joining our UMass family next year,” said head coach Sharon Dawley enthusiastically. “Kymber is a long, athletic post player who has great hands, good instincts and runs the floor extremely well. Meredith is a very gifted and athletic guard who will be an impact player for us on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.”
MEET THE NEWEST MINUTEWOMEN
Name: Kymber Hill
Hometown: Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
High School: Althoff Catholic
High School Coach: Todd Hill
Notes: Has lettered three times forward and center for Althoff Catholic, helping the Crusaders to a 26-4 overall record as a freshman to go with regional, sectional and super sectional championships … Added conference titles as a sophomore and junior … Earned all-conference and was twice named an all-tournament honoree as a junior in 2011-12 … Led Althoff Catholic with 3.1 blocks per game in 2010-11 and was the most improved player on the 2009-10 team … Daughter of Kenard Hill and Nicola Hill … Stepdaughter of Delores Hill … Has five siblings, Aysha, India, Christian, Simone and Aleana.
Name: Meredith Tarver
Hometown: Johns Creek, Ga.
High School: Northview
High School Coaches: Russell Harrell and Evan Deis
Notes: Four-time letterwinner at Northview High School … Averaged 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block per contest with the Titans as a junior in 2011-12 … Started her scholastic career with MVP and Rising Star honors whole also helping her AAU team, the Georgia Pistols, to a division championship … Added another Rising Star laurel as a sophomore while being named to the All-North Fulton accolade listing … Grabbed all-region top-10 laurels to go with North Fulton All-Metro Team, Rising Star and Deep South Classic All-Tournament honors … Was named the MVP of her Douglasville Lady Tigers AAU squad in 2011-12 … Improved on her production during AAU play, averaging 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocks for Douglasville … Volunteers at Mission Atlanta, an organization that supports underprivileged families and served as a basketball counselor … Participates in Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) … Daughter of Clyde Tarver and Linda Bowles … Has three older brothers, Nick, Josh and Drew.
The Minutewomen are due to graduate two seniors after the 2012-13 season — center Jasmine Watson and guard Dee Montgomery — so, it makes sense that Dawley’s latest recruiting class would assess positional holes created by their departure.
Hill, speaking in an interview with the Belleville News-Democrat, said that the decision came down to two schools, but the choice to come to UMass made the most sense.
“It basically came down to two schools — Eastern Michigan and UMass,” she said. “When I went out for my visit, UMass just seemed right. I liked it a lot and it’s a place where I can be happy.
“It’s a long way from home, but I feel like it’s a place where I’ll have a chance to improve and get a great education.’’
Here is a highlight video of Tarver posted by ACE Basketball from April 2012: