LITTLE ROCK - For the longest, Little Rock Christian has been known as a football school and home of some great running backs, but that appears on the verge of changing.
Arkansas 2019 point guard commit Justice Hill (5-11, 160) and Kalin Bennett (6-9, 235) are just freshmen now and have the chance to take the basketball Warriors to great heights over the next few years.
Hill had 18 points and Bennett 10 Friday night as their Arkansas Hawks’ 15-and-under team downed the Kansas City Keys 65-53 on the opening night of the 12th annual Real Deal In The Rock.
There were numerous Razorback fans on hand to get a look at Hill, the son of former Arkansas assistant football coach Fitz Hill.
“It was like that the last part of my school season I was kind of use to it I was prepared for it,” Hill said.
Hill is scheduled to play next Wednesday in the Underclassman All-American in Indianapolis, Ind.
It will feature 20 of the nation’s top 2018 and 2019 prospects and Hill hopes to start recruiting for Arkansas at the event.
He’s also going to work on Little Rock Parkview sophomore Ethan Henderson (6-8, 190), who already has an offer from the Razorbacks as well.
“I’m still working on him I’m trying to get him to come up there with me.,” Hill said.
Hill was solid in both his games game Friday night - he added 10 points while playing for the 16-and-under Hawks while Henderson had 8 - but wants to get better.
I have to get into shape for sure,” Hill said.” I got tired quick but I have to keep improving my shot I know that and my defense, I need to pick up my defense. I need to improve my point guard leadership skills.”
Bennett is doing the same.
"I’ve been working on my jump hook since this last summer and it’s been coming along well and during the school season, too," Bennett said.
He hopes to have a scholarship offer from Arkansas sooner than later.
“I would, but I have to make sure I know about my opportunities first,” Bennett said. “Congratulations to Justice. Arkansas got a good point guard.”