Grand Valley senior Courtney Hivick wasn’t ready to hang up her basketball shoes.
Hivick on Friday made her commitment to Muskingum University official.
“It is really exciting to be able to continue to play the sport I love the most in college and I am really blessed with all the family coaches and friends that have supported me through all of it,” Hivick said. “I also can’t wait to be part of the come-up at Muskingum because I believe the freshmen group is a great group that will accomplish great things.”
Muskingum began recruiting Hivick back in October.
She visited the campus and found what she was looking for both in a school and a basketball program.
“I chose them because they have a really good nursing program and everyone there was very welcoming along with the coaches and players,” she said. “I loved the campus because it felt like home when I was there. It is a very rural setting, which reminded me of home.”
Hivick was recruited as a guard and could end up at the point or shooting guard position.
“I think the position will fit me great because I’ve played point guard my whole life,” she said. “Their basketball program is growing and being led in a great direction. This past season, they won their first tournament game since 2013.”
As a senior, Hivick averaged 11.2 points per game while also pulling down 7.5 rebounds with 3.6 assists, 3.3 steals, and 1.2 blocks per contest.
She earned first-team All-Chagrin Valley Conference honors as a junior and a senior and was an all-district honorable mention selection the past two years. She is a two-time All-Ashtabula County honoree. She was first-team as a senior and honorable mention last winter, and she also was the MVP at the Ashtabula County all-star game.
Hivick hopes to find similar success at the next level.
“My goals for my playing career are to better myself and to be able to get people good shot opportunities,” she said.
While she’s excited about her future, Hivick certainly won’t soon forget her past. She also hopes future Mustangs will follow in her footsteps and chase down their dreams of playing college hoops.
“The things I will remember most about high school is all the bus rides home after games, the great bonds I’ve made with my team, my friends, teachers, and coaches,” she said. “My advice for the younger girls is to play every game like it’s your last because the end seems so far away and next thing you know it’s over, and to cherish every moment.”
Hivick plans to major in nursing and she hopes to one day become a basketball coach.