During the live blog last week, one of the most recurring questions that I received was from UK fans wondering who else Kentucky had their sights on that they might not know about. One of those guys is 2010’s Chris Hill, a versatile wing who now plays for Stevens Prep Academy in North Carolina. I had the chance to speak with Hill last night about what he did this summer, how his high school season is progressing and what he has planned for his college career.
Over the summer, Hill stayed away from the AAU scene and instead chose to take part in various Pro-Am tournaments, one of which was the now-infamous Greater North Carolina Pro-Am where John Wall posterized Jerry Stackhouse. It just so happens that Stackhouse is Hill’s godfather and his cousin is NBA star Amare Stoudemire. It seems that Hill has definitely received the same versatility gene that Stoudemire has made millions with. Although he stands at 6-9, he is listed as a SG/SF on his high school roster and says he can play anywhere from the two to the four. As you can see from the video above, he is also a ridiculous athlete. And before you start thinking there might be some bad blood between he and Wall because of Wall making Stackhouse a Youtube legend, there’s not. Hill and Wall are good friends, which is no surprise since they both grew up competing with the best of the best in North Carolina.
When it comes to rankings, you’d be smart not to pay too much attention to where the scouting services currently list Hill. Much like his other close friend, CJ Leslie, Hill’s decision not to compete on the traditional AAU scene kept the scouting services from being able to get a complete updated look at his game. Instead, I would suggest that you take a look at the schools pursuing this young man. He currently lists a top three of UK, Arizona and UConn. UK’s coaches have been down to see him before and Hill told me that he plans on seeing the UK staff again this Friday.
Hill has now started his high school season and has led his team to a 3-1 mark while posting an incredible stat line of 37 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists per game. He feels his ability to finish with either hand and explode off of either foot has helped him this season, along with the fact that, as his growth spurts have slowed, he’s gained more coordination.
Just as his high school season starts to really get rolling, Hill plans on taking a serious look at where he wants to attend college. Right now he’s shooting for a late December decision. Kentucky has yet to make an offer but with the growing amount of buzz surrounding this kid, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one in the future. As this recent article on Hill notes, there are questions surrounding his eligibility, not because of Hill’s academic prowess but because he attended Laurinburg Prep briefly, a school that has been under academic investigation. Once those questions are cleared up, I would expect some offers to start rolling in. Hill is truly one of the under the radar kids right now and looks to have a tremendous amount of upside. Get to know him now and I’m sure we’ll have more with Hill in the future.
– If you take a look on my twitter page, I’ve added a list of UK recruits that you guys can follow on twitter. I’ll try to keep this updated and if you see anyone new that I don’t have added yet, let me know.
– Special thanks to Anthony Wireman at AllKyHoops for pointing out the linked article to me.