The athletic 6-foot-7, 205-pound Hill earned all-star honors at the New England Elite 75 on Wednesday – one day after giving Ford and his staff the word that he'll be coming to Amherst.
Hill, who spent last season at Cheshire High (Conn.) and will head to Tilton (N.H.) for a post-grad season, said an offer came from UMass in the middle of July and after taking an unofficial visit last week, Hill decided that it was the right fit.
``I like the whole situation," Hill said. "The campus was nice and the coaching staff worked well together. I thought it was impressive how Coach Ford didn't really have to say much and the players knew exactly what to do."
Hill said that schools like Siena, Rhode Island, St. Francis, Rider, Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac all stepped up their interest during the month of July – when Hill stood out while playing with the Connecticut Basketball Club.
``It feels good," Hill said. "It takes a big weight off my shoulders. Now I can just go to prep school and play."
Hill is long, athletic and runs the court well. He is able to step out and make mid-range shots – as he displayed on Wednesday – but will need to get stronger in order to excel in the A-10.