Jalen Hill Takes Home All-Tourney Honors

Jalen Hill talks about his big weekend at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, as well as a certain Pac-12 team that's been making big moves both on and off the court.

Though Corona (Calif.) Centennial lost to Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman in their consolation game of the Jerry Tarkanian Classic, 71-51, and were upset by Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union in the Platinum bracket semifinals (55-54), four Huskies were named to the all-tournament team, including California target Jalen Hill.

The 2017 post continues to see his stock soar, most recently pulling down offers from California, Arizona State, New Mexico State and Oregon before hitting the road to Las Vegas this past weekend.

“My best game would probably have to be when we played Redondo,” said Hill, who squared off with the Sea Hawks’ own young big man, Billy Preston. “I came in, early in the first half, and I had some big-time blocks, and I just contributed to my team as much as I could, and at the end, I had some free throws that I knocked down, to tie the game, but at the end, we couldn’t pull it out. I still think I did pretty well in that game.”

The 2017 four-star – who hit the floor against Redondo Union with two straight rejections -- is a hot commodity, but he’s been feeling the love from one school more than others.

“I’m hearing from a good number of colleges recently, but Cal is definitely standing out more,” said Hill. “I’ve been talking to some of the coaches over at Cal, and I’ve also been talking to the UCLA coach over there, too, so those colleges really stuck out, recently.”

What’s so enticing about the Bears?

“I haven’t gotten to the whole research part, but they just really stick out, partly because they are in California, and I’m in California, so it’s a good destination,” Hill said. “It’s just a good school, academically, too, and the coaching staff really stands out a lot, to me. That’s the most important part.”

While Hill – the son of former Kansas State power forward George Hill -- has paid attention to Cal’s 10-1 start – its best in 55 years – he looks beyond the numbers, because his matriculation is so far in the future.

“I look at those things, at records, but I still have two more years, so it might change, but I still do look at it, and everything, really, I look at,” Hill said. “I consider what schools are doing really well, and who are they bringing in the next couple of years or next year, who have they offered, and all that.”

The Bears are already off to a good start in the 2016 class, with the commitment of Oscar Frayer, and are in good position with 2015 stars Tyler Dorsey and Ivan Rabb.

Next up for Hill is a home game on Tuesday against Perris (Calif.), and then the UnderArmour Classic at Torrey Pines this weekend.

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