Hill to Climb

Walter Hill is still somewhat of a sleeper. He got some time with the Atlanta Celtics this past summer, but he really excels with his East Hall (Ga.) team.

ATLANTA – Most players earn their reputation in the spring and summer. That's not the case with Walter Hill.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound East Hall (Ga.) High junior, who went toe-to-toe with arguably the state's top sophomore, Howard Thompkins, last weekend – is starting to build his resume during the high school season.

``I just worked on my game and got a little experience in AAU this past summer," said Hill, who plays with the Atlanta Celtics.

Hill put 30 up against Georgia Tech signee Javaris Crittenton a few weeks back, and his performances warranted another look from Yellow Jackets coach Paul Hewitt. South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida were also in the gym checking on Hill.

Hill, who is averaging 21 points per game so far this season, has a reputation as a guy who likes to get to the basket. However, in the first half, it appeared as though he may have been making a conscious effort to show the coaches in the stands that he can shoot from the perimeter.

Hill made 2-of-7 shots before the break, including 2-of-6 from long distance. Then, in the second half, he knocked down two more trifectas, also got to the basket, finished in transition and pulled up from mid-range. He finished with 21 points in the victory.

``That's what he does best," East Hall coach Joe Dix said. ``He can really make shots from 15 feet or so. Actually, his best trait is his versatility. He's extremely hard to guard because he can get by a bigger guard or post up a smaller one."

``He's a versatile player," Tompkins said of Hill. "He can do it all."

The 17-year-old Hill is also an all-state wide receiver, although he said his future is definitely on the hardwood. ``This was an above-average performance for Walter," added Dix. "He had 40 points against Columbia earlier this year and played really well against Southwest Atlanta Christian. He's just got to get to the point where he consistently plays at that level."

Hill said that the schools he's looking at were all in the gym – Georgia, Alabama, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. He also mentioned Auburn.

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