Hill sets visit

Jordan Hill was not a hot commodity in basketball recruiting circles until about two weeks ago. The big man from Georgia did not play his junior year because of grades and no one knew much about him. That was until a few weeks ago when he burst on the scene at the Kingwood Classic in Houston. Now most of the programs in country are familiar with him and he may just bring an end to his recruitment shortly after it began.

One team that fell in love with Hill is Arizona. Before the Kingwood Classic was over the Cats had extended a scholarship contingent on Hill having the grades to qualify. Although he will go to prep school to improve his academics, Hill not only has the scholarship offer, but he has a visit lined up to Tucson.

"I am coming in this weekend for an official visit," Hill said on Tuesday afternoon. "If I like it in Arizona I am thinking about committing to them. I might make my decision very soon if the visit goes well."

Hill likes the fact that the Wildcats are a premier program who know how to utilize athletic big men. Hill has been compared to former Wildcat Channing Frye, but the 6-10 post player from Atlanta is much more advanced at this stage than the future NBA draft pick.

"Long, athletic and he's what amounts to a late bloomer," said Scout.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep. "(He) runs the floor, rebounds and will block shots."

Suddenly half the nation is recruiting him. The list of schools trying to land him runs from the small (Georgia State) to the elite (Illinois). Some of the big time programs showing love are Virginia, Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Georgia.

"Right now my favorites are Arizona, Virginia, Xavier and Clemson," Hill admitted.

Hill is actually quite surprised by how much attention has come in recent weeks. He blew up at the Kingwood Classic after a huge game against a talented Houston Swoosh club. "I am surprised," Hill admitted. "I played good but I can play harder."

By talking to Hill you can tell he is still getting used to being in the recruiting spotlight. He still discusses schools and himself from an academic standpoint first, then as a basketball player. When asked what his strengths were he asked if I wanted to know if I meant as a person or as a basketball player. His needs in a school were in a similar fashion.

"I am looking for a good academic school," Hill stated. "If I go for basketball I want a good coach. I am also looking for friendly people and a friendly place."

Arizona is the lone school on the list that is out west. Hill admits that it will be very different, but does not see that as a problem if he chooses to attend Arizona.

"No it won't be a big deal," Hill said. "It will probably be a big adjustment at first, but I am sure I can get used to it."

One of the best things about Hill is that he is coachable. He knows he has a lot to learn and is eager to do so.

"Before the summer is over with, because he will listen and he's a gym rat, he could break into the Top 25 easily," said Hill's AAU coach Gary Graham.

Telep agrees, giving Hill four stars and feels he is a legit high major prospect.

"Hill will undoubtedly be in the next Top 100 list we release," Telep confirmed.

Right now Hill just wants to keep learning the game and getting better. His ball handling is one aspect he has stressed as being a very important part of his game to improve.

Hill will be a senior in high school, but will be a member of the 2006 recruiting class as he will attend prep school in an effort to tighten up the academics and improve his on-court skills.

Right now the sky is the limit on Hill's abilities and there is a decent chance he may have a shot to maximize that potential in an Arizona uniform.

E-mail Brad at bradallis@msn.com

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