April 20, 2012
By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - Raegan Pebley quickly went to work after being announced as the new Fresno State head women's basketball coach earlier this month and signed her first recruit.
Pebley inked Australia native Jacinta Vandenberg to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Bulldogs starting in the 2012-13 season.
"We are thrilled that Jacinta will be a Bulldog," Pebley said. "She is a great fit for our team on and off the court. It is rare to find a player with Jacinta's length, coordination, mobility, hands and skill level."
Vandenberg, a 6-foot, 6-inch center adds height to the Bulldogs' front court. She is the ninth Bulldog to hail from Australia and will be a freshman in the fall of 2012.
"She will be a great teammate who believes in elements of trust and work ethic," added Pebley. "On top of it all, she will be coming to us from a club that does an excellent job of developing player's basketball IQ. Her potential is tremendous."
In both 2009 and 2010, Vandenberg won gold medals while playing for Victoria Metro in the U-18 nationals and earned a spot on the U-17 Australian team that were Oceania Qualifiers. She also competes with Dandendong club, which is the same club that current Bulldog forward Alex Sheedy has competed for in the past.
Vandenberg joins the incoming recruiting class that also features Toni Smith and Destini Price, who signed in the early signing period.
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