Player Evaluation: Solomon Hill

Solomon Hill went into this season with high expectations. Have they been met? Read on for that answer, the negative aspects of his season, and more.

Solomon Hill had expectations of being in the hunt for the Wooden Award and while that may not be the case, he has been vital to Arizona's success this season.

The Good: Hill opened with the season with 14 points and five rebounds in a tougher than expected game against Charleston Southern. Hill actually found himself in foul trouble, but Miller put him in late in the game and he made a three-pointer that put the Wildcats up five, where they eventually led from for the rest of the game.

Arizona was the heavy favorite against NAU, but Hill still deserves credit for the fact that he went for 17 points in only 25 minutes. Hill only missed two shots on the day and turned the ball over once.

Hill followed up that performance with a solid game on the road in which he scored 14 points against Texas Tech. He also added three steals as Arizona won its first road game by 28 points.

In arguably Arizona's biggest game of the season, Hill scored 18 points against Florida, while only sitting for three minutes. Not only did he turn the ball over just once, but he did an impressive job on Erik Murphy in the second half and completely outplayed Will Yeguete.

You won't find many games this season with a player that fills the stat sheet like Hill did against Oral Roberts. He finished with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists, six steals, and two blocks as well. Numerous people expected Arizona to have somewhat of a letdown after the big win over Florida, but Hill had none of it.

Some would say that Hill's best game of the season came against San Diego State and it is hard to argue. It is not that he finished with 21 points and six rebounds, although that is obviously impressive. Instead, it is what he did to Jamaal Franklin defensively, as he helped cut his season average in points in half. The only way Arizona was going to beat SDSU is if Hill showed up big and he did just that.

The Bad: Hill did not play awful against Southern Miss, but he struggled to get into a rhythm, finishing with nine points and four turnovers. Again, not a terrible effort, but the turnovers left something to be desired.

Hill's worst game of the season was easily against Clemson, as he finished 2-16 from the field. While he was able to get 10 boards, Hill turned the ball over five times and it was one of the worst offensive games of his career.

You would figure that a game against East Tennessee State would be easy for Hill, but he struggled a bit. Hill went 2-7 from the field for seven points, which is his lowest output of the season.

The Verdict: Hill may not be mentioned as one of the best players in the country, but he probably deserves to be. He has done everything Arizona has needed and probably more. While some may view Mark Lyons as the leader of the Wildcats, Hill is right there with him. Arizona is going to go as far as Hill helps take it and if his performance this season is any indication, that is a good thing.

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