The Little Caesars Player of the Week – Tia Hegge

2 years ago Andrew Luberda 0

County Line Preps is pleased to have a sponsorship agreement with specific Little Caesars locations in Queen Creek and Coolidge.

Little Caesars, home of the Hot-‘N-Ready pizza, will sponsor the Player of the Week and Player of the Month awards as part of our agreement.

Each week, will announce the Player of the Week, accompanied by a Q&A with that week’s winner.

The Player of the Week will receive a gift certificate, redeemable for a two-liter bottle of soda, a pepperoni or cheese pizza, and an order of Crazy Bread, that will be honored at one of the two aforementioned Little Caesars locations.

Additionally, the Player of the Week automatically qualifies for the Player of the Month Award, which will be determined by a poll that will be posted on our County Line Preps Twitter account during the final week each month.

The Player of the Month will receive a plaque and a $25 Little Caesars gift card.

Now that we’ve provided details of both awards, we are pleased to announce this week’s Little Caesars Player of Week:

Tia Hegge

American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek


5’8 Guard

 Hegge is the second ALA-QC student-athlete to earn Player of the Week honors, following classmate and countrymate Tanner Mclachlan.

That’s right, like Mclachlan, Hegge is from Canada.

Hegge leads the Patriots in almost every statistical category, including points per game, assists, steals, and three-point field goal percentage.

In the Patriots’ 68 – 42 win against Wickenburg on Dec. 6, Hegge poured in 41 points on 16-of-33 shooting from the floor, including 4-for-10 from three-point range, in addition to nine assists, nine rebounds, and eight steals.

A stat line like Hegge’s versus the Wranglers is worthy of being named the Little Caesars Player of the Week.

In any country.

Tia Hegge.

County Line Preps:  What is the biggest difference between playing basketball in Canada compared to U.S.?  What was your biggest adjustment, personally?

Tia Hegge:  The biggest difference is some different rules. My biggest adjustment is playing without a shot clock, and shorter quarters. In Canada we have a 24-second shot clock and 10-minute quarters. I was expecting without a shot clock in Arizona the game would go at a slower pace, but it’s been nice seeing the game is still fast paced.

CLP:  You are averaging nearly 22 points per game, but perhaps even more impressive is the 6.5 steals per game. How have you been able to be dominant on both ends of the court?

TH:  I’ve always tried to pride myself on my defense, it’s one of my favorite parts of the game!! As I focus on playing my hardest on defense and getting those steals my offense seems to just comes with it.

CLP:  What are your plans after graduation?

TH:  I’m planning on playing at the next level after I graduate. I’ve started to receive multiple offers, now I just have to start narrowing down my options and decide where I want to go.

CLP:  What is your greatest athletic memory at ALA, so far?

TH:  I’ve got a lot of great memories from the last couple years with my team as I’ve developed new friendships and bonds, but one of my greatest memories is being the student trainer for our football team and winning state last year!!

CLP:  What is your favorite sports movie and why?

THHoosiers is definitely one of my favorite sports movies! I love how their small-town team comes together as the underdogs and wins state!

CLP:  Name one person you’d most like to meet and why?

TH:  Russell Westbrook!! He’s been my favorite player since I can remember! He knows how to be a winner, and knows how to consistently play at a high level. I feel like I could learn a lot from just talking with him, so it’d be really cool to meet him.