It's A Thrill To Be Hill

North Little Rock football and basketball star K.J. Hill (6-1, 180), who got 10 letters from the Arkansas hoops program last week in one day, is having a busy summer of 2013 and that will continue when he participates in the Under Armour Underclassman Challenge Sunday in DeSoto, Texas.

When his mail arrived one day last week, North Little Rock junior K.J. Hill had a lot more than usual.

That's because Hill had 10 letters from the Arkansas basketball program.

"It was a little bit shocking to tell you the truth," Hill said. "At first I thought it was from football, but it was from the basketball coaches. I felt very honored and blessed and it let me know how much they were thinking about me.

"There was a lot of pictures and info and just them wanting to let me know how interested they were in me," Hill added.

Hill is a two-sport standout who was named the football Co-Sophomore of the Year by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette after catching 48 passes for 845 yards and eight touchdowns and also rushing 27 times for 233 yards for Bryant.

He then went out and was a star on the basketball court for the Hornets while averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game.

He moved to North Little Rock this spring and has been getting interest from several schools in both sports.

Arkansas, Baylor and Ole Miss are among the schools recruiting him for basketball while Arkansas, Alabama, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Duke, Arizona and Arkansas State.

"It's been pretty exciting that these schools are paying attention to me in both sports," Hill said. "We're just going to see how it all plays out in the future whether I play football or basketball or both."

Hill, who plays for the Arkansas Soldierz 16-and-under hoops squad, obviously has the Razorback basketball program's attention.

"They told me they were going to be watching me play AAU ball this spring and summer and they have been doing that," Hill said. "I have a great relationship with the coaches, especially (Arkansas assistant) Coach (Melvin) Watkins."

Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson has been making a move to lock up the state's top talent and seems to be doing that with the signing of McDonald's All American Bobby Portis of Little Rock Hall and commitments from a pair of 2014 stars – North Little Rock's Anton Beard and Forrest City's Trey Thompson.

"I think Coach Anderson is doing a great job recruiting in state and I think they are going to be a lot better next year than they were last season and even better in the future," Hill said. "It would be cool to be a part of that."

Hill came up for the Arkansas football program's Elite Camp earlier this month.

"I feel like I did pretty well especially since I was only about 80 percent healthy because of a hip flexor," Hill said. "I enjoyed being around the coaches and getting to know them."

Hill has been invited to the Under Armour Underclassman Challenge in Desoto, Texas on July 7th along with Pine Bluff junior tight end Will Gragg (6-3, 240) and Star City sophomore defensive lineman Austin Capps. (6-4, 298)

"I feel very honored to be invited and I am just going to go up there and try show my talents," Hill said. "I'm excited about the opportunity."

Hill will soon be heading to Ole Miss (July 19) and Auburn (July 20) for their camps.

"I'm just trying to get around to as many camps as a I can and get my name out there more," Hill said. "I'm staying busy with that and with basketball."

He's looking forward to playing both football and basketball for North Little Rock this upcoming season.

He caught 9 passes for 95 yards in the Charging Wildcats' spring game and is one of several stars on their roster along with Arkansas 2014 tailback pledge Juan Day, cornerback Kavin Alexander and offensive lineman Curtis Parker.

"It went great," Hill said of spring practice. "They put me in the slot a lot and also put me in the backfield to carry the ball some. I think we are going to be very, very good."

North Little Rock's basketball team won the Class 7A state title last season and will be a heavy favorite to repeat.

While junior superstar KeVaughn Allen is the only returning starter, the Charging Wildcats have added Beard, sophomore Adrian Moore of Conway and 6-10 junior center Sam Dunham of Little Rock Christian.

"I really am going into this season thinking I have a great chance to win two rings," Hill said. "That is certainly the goal."





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