June 2, 2011
California Golden Bear head coach Lindsay Gottlieb secured a commitment from the highest-ranked recruit in Cal women's basketball program history, signing No. 7-ranked Justine Hartman from Brea, Calif. to a scholarship agreement to join the Bears as a freshman in the 2011-12 season.
Hartman, a 6-2 post, was ranked the No. 7 player in the nation and the No. 2 post player by ESPNU Hoop Gurlz. This last season, Hartman led Brea Olinda High School (31-2) to national prominence, being ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation mid-season and ending the season ranked No. 5. Hartman earned spots on both the 2010-11 McDonald's and WBCA High School All-American teams. In December, she was named the MVP at the Nike Tournament of Champions, leading her team to the tournament title.
In 2008-09, she averaged 15 points and seven rebounds for her Brea Olinda high school team which captured the Century League title, the CIF Southern Section Div. II-AA title and the Div. II State championship. She was selected to the USA Basketball U16 team which captured the gold medal in the FIBA Americas Championships played in Mexico City in August of 2009. Hartman averaged 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in the Championships, including a 14-point effort in the gold medal contest versus Canada.
"I could not be more excited that Justine Hartman has decided to join the Cal Women's Basketball family," Gottlieb said. "In Justine, we are getting a skilled, strong, smooth and versatile post player with a high basketball I.Q. and a desire to be an elite student-athlete at the next level. She will be an important piece of our front-court and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to coach her. Justine seemed like the perfect `fit' from the moment she stepped on campus and my staff and I are thrilled that she's now a Golden Bear."
Hartman is the highest-ranked recruit to ever sign with California. She is the second top-10 ranked signee in the history of the program, joining Devanei Hampton (2006-09), who was ranked No. 10 when she committed to Cal.