Hill Transfers To NLR

North Little Rock picks up one of the state's best two-sport stars as former Bryant football and basketball sophomore star K.J. Hill transfers on Monday and now will team with Charging Wildcat standouts Juan Day and KeVaughn Allen.

It looks like the rich are going to get even richer when it comes to North Little Rock.

Former Bryant sophomore two-sport star K.J. Hill (6-0, 180) confirmed that he has transferred to North Little Rock and began classes there on Monday and will play football and basketball for the Charging Wildcats next season.

That means the wideout-tailback standout will join a Charging Wildcats football roster that includes Razorback tailback commit Juan Day and a basketball one that will see the point guard teaming up with super sophomore and Arkansas recruiting target KeVaughn Allen.

"While this was a move that had to be made by my parents because of their jobs, I feel it will also help me in continuing to reach my dream of playing D-1 sports and excelling in my academics," Hill said. "I love Bryant, the school, the people of Bryant and my coaches and friends that I had there. Them and my teachers at the school have helped mold me into the person I am today. I will never forget that.

"And now I will continue my quest with another great school," Hill added. "I realize it was by chance, so I plan to make the best of it and try to represent North Little Rock as best as I can. Again, thanks to those in Bryant for their support in my years there."

Hill was named the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette's co-Sophomore of the Year of the year in football this past season along with Charleston quarterback Ty Storey.

Hill had 48 catches for 845 yards and 13 touchdowns, rushed 27 times for 233 yards and three more scores, threw a touchdown pass and also had 18 kickoff returns for 332 yards.

"I've seen (former Razorbacks) Joe Adams and Cobi Hamilton and I think the way we play is similar," Hill said back in December. "I can picture myself at Arkansas just like them."

That play on the gridiron got him a recent visit from Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney, who is in charge of recruiting the state for new Razorback head coach Bret Bielema.

"Coach Barry Lunney stopped by my school and said they were going to be keeping an eye on me," noted Hill, who will attend camps at both Arkansas and Alabama this summer. "I got to see Coach Bielema's press conference when he first got here and I really like his demeanor."

Hill then headed to the court where he averaged 20 points, six rebounds and five assists – ironically with his season ending in an 82-44 loss to North Little Rock last Friday at the Class 7A state tournament in Fayetteville.

Allen – who will lead the Charging Wildcats against Fayetteville Saturday at 4:15 p.m. in the Class 7A state title game at Barton Coliseum – is thrilled to have Hill coming on board.

Hill - rated No. 49 nationally in the 2015 basketball class by Future150.com - had 20 points and Allen 16 in that aforementioned contest.

"He is a good player, a player that likes to drive and is hard to guard," Allen said. "It's hard to stop him."

Hill is obviously excited about the opportunity to team up with Allen.

"He (Allen) is a good player," Hill said. "He can dunk on you, but he can shoot it, too. He can drive and he is so strong. He is just hard to guard."





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