This Hill's For Real

North Little Rock sophomore two-sport star K.J. Hill is in the middle of a busy April that will see him displaying his talents on both the football field and basketball court as well as taking in Arkansas' Red-White game later this month.

North Little Rock sophomore K.J. Hill is in full two-sport mode even if neither high school season is actually going on right now.

Hill and his Arkansas Soldierz AAU team romped to a tournament title in Houston last weekend, he'll be at an Nike Football Combine in Dallas this weekend and then he'll have the Real Deal in the Rock and attend the Arkansas' Red-White scrimmage on the following two weekends.even if neither high school season.

"It's a busy time, but a fun time and I'm just trying to work hard and get my name out there and have as many options as a I can when it comes to colleges," Hill said. "It's just trying to get better every day."

Hill (6-1, 180) actually got a call Thursday from Arkansas grid assistant Barry Lunney, Jr.

"He told me that they were very interested in me, want to see me this spring for the Red-WHite game and see me work in Arkansas camp this summer," Hill said. "It was exciting to get his call and know he is interested because I love the Razorbacks."

Hill is coming off a standout seasons on both the gridiron and court at Bryant.

He was named the Co-Sophomore of the Year along with Charleston quarterback Ty Storey after catching 48 passes for 845 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushing 27 times for three more scores.

Hill then averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game for the Hornets before making the decision to transfer to North Little Rock.

"I feel really good about the move and everybody has been great to me since I got to North Little Rock," Hill said. "There are a lot of great athletes and great coaches and it's just a real good family atmosphere."

Hill is joining forces with fellow North Little Rock sophomore hoops star KeVaughn Allen, Nettleton sophomore small forward Victor Dukes and 6-10 Little Rock Christian center Sam Dunkham on the Soldierz' 16-and-under squad this spring and summer..

They blitzed through a Future 150.com tournament in Houston last weekend winning five games by an average of 34 points.

Allen is playing the point and Hill the shooting guard – the exact opposite of what they did in high school last season..

"We've got some really great talent and a loaded team," Hill said. "KeVaughn is actually playing the point and I am playing the shooting guard, but we switch off a little bit. I think it is going to be a lot of fun."

The Soldierz – now sponsored by former Memphis and NBA player Penny Hardaway - are scheduled to compete in the Real Deal in the Rock April 12-14..

He is excited about the Nike event in Dallas this weekend with several of his new teammates – including Razorback tailback commit Juan Day (6-1, 210) and cornerback Kavan Alexander – attending as well.

Razorback quarterback commit Rafe Peavey (6-3, 215) is also slated to participate in hopes of putting up a big SPARQ score..

"I have really been training hard to try and put up the top score," Hill said. "I know that would really get my name out there."





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