Matt Hill Makes it Official

Matt Hill was basically unknown coming into July, but the Nebraska native came out of the summer with plenty of big-time options.

Matt Hill , a 6-foot-10, 220-pound senior big man at Lincoln Southeast (Neb.) High, committed to Texas after deciding that staying close to home wasn't necessarily the best move.

``I was thinking about staying close to home too much," Hill said. "When I took the distance out of the equation, there was no question where I wanted to go."

``The opportunity to be at the highest level," added Hill. "To play in the Final Four and be in the NCAA Tournament every year. I couldn't pass that up."

Hill was a virtual unknown midway through the summer, but he burst onto the scene in July and Longhorns assistant Ken McDonald started pursuing him.

``The coaches - Coach Mac (McDonald) and Coach (Rick) Barnes - did a great job. I went to visit and loved it. The city of Austin and the players are great."

Hill also considered Creighton and Nebraska at the end of the day – but got attention from Utah and Gonzaga.

Hill, who took an official visit to Texas last month, averaged 19 points and 10.5 boards per game as a junior.

Hill has had his trademark afro since freshman year and said he will shave it for spring break because of a $10 wager, but he'll make certain to grow it back full before he steps on campus in Austin.

``It's a bold move," Hill joked. "But it's been working for me."

Hill joins Kevin Durant and Dexter Pittman - as well as guards Harrison Smith and Justin Mason. The Longhorns are still in the mix for point guard D.J. Augustin and big men Bryan Davis and Jeremy Mayfield.


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