Hill poised for big year

Solomon Hill is poised for the best year of his career at Arizona. Read on to see why Sean Miller believes that is, if Hill will be the leader, and much more.

At the end of last season, Solomon Hill took it upon himself to come back for his senior year and try to end it on a more positive note.

After watching him progress as a player and through the off-season, Arizona head coach Sean Miller believes that Hill is ready to make a major impact during his last year as a Wildcat.

"Well, Solomon has been here for four years," Miller said. "He has been really been a starter since day one, minus a few isolated situations. If you follow Solomon's progress as a player, he has gotten better each and every year that he has been a part of our program.

"Last year, a first-team all-Pac-12 player, so for him to come back as a senior he knew that we would have a bigger front court that he wouldn't have to play the power forward position like he did last year.

"With that for him to continue to get better and develop, one of the things that we talked about was to get him in the best shape of his life, which he is right now. He is the lightest that he's been. In watching him he runs better, and I believe he has all the makings to have a great senior season."

One of the biggest benefits for Hill this season will be the fact that he will be able to stay at small forward, which is something that he really has not been able to do in the past.

"You can say it has taken a long time," Miller said. "He really got there a year ago, just unfortunately for Solomon he didn't play on a team that was as talented physically as hopefully this year's team will be.

"A lot of the gains that he made you saw that he was first-team all-Pac-12 player, but I don't think he got the notoriety for his improvement that he otherwise would have gotten if he, for example, would have played on a team that was better."

In addition, one item that was clear when talking to the players and coaches is the belief that Arizona will be Hill's team to lead this season.

"Solomon Hill is our natural leader because he is the most experienced," Miller said. "He is a returning all-Pac-12 player. He has led by example for many years in a quiet way because of his work ethic. He has a lot at stake in his last year. One person can't do it alone.

"Mark Lyons can chip in. Nick Johnson is sometimes one of our most vocal players. And now Jordin Mayes has more experience. I've already talked about Kevin Parrom, another senior, who leads by example as well as anyone on our team. We have small group there, but definitely Solomon is at the forefront."

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