Devin Hill Joins Mates in Big East

Four members of the New York Gauchos have decided to play basketball in the Big East. Devin Hill becomes the fifth member of the Gauchos to verbal to a Big East school as he joins mates Darryl Bryant (West Virginia), Jordan Theodore (Seton Hall), and Kemba Walker (UConn). Lamont "Momo" Jones has also verballed to Louisville for the class of 2009. Learn more about Devin Hill in this report…

Devin Hill is a 6-9 200 lb. forward from St. Luke's school in New Canaan, Connecticut. Hill has verbally committed to DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright as part of the Blue Demons 2008 recruiting class. Hill took an official visit to DePaul University on September 15th and received an in-home visit from Wainwright on September 9th. Devin had also received scholarship offers from Bradley, Massachusetts, Saint Louis, and Seton Hall.

Hill and his Gauchos teammates won the Nike Peach Jam and the Nike Main Event championships as they tore up the AAU circuit this summer. "He's a very underrated wing player," said former Gauchos coach Emmanuel "Book" Richardson. "Everyone sees him as a four, but he puts it on the floor extremely well and he also has a pretty good face-up game. Especially playing with four small guards, he'll play the center for me if he has to. He's uncanny at blocking shots and keeping it in play and keeping it live. He'll drop step to the basket. From 15 feet in he's very good, but he very rarely has a chance to show that on the (AAU) circuit, especially playing with four small guards."

While he didn't really get an opportunity to demonstrate his skills on the AAU circuit, Wainwright spotted Hill's potential with the Gauchos while at the Price-Chopper Invitational in Kansas City at the end of July.

In Hill, the Blue Demons gain a multi-dimensional forward that can create matchup problems. "Devin is a really versatile player," said St. Luke's coach Kevin Anthony. "At 6-9 he can go inside or go outside. I think the thing that I'm most impressed with him is his ability to take people off the dribble. He's got a good handle, good length, good quickness and takes the ball off the dribble well to create his own shot. At 6-9 there aren't a lot of kids at the high school level that are doing it quite as well as he is. He's a touch matchup because he's got good range. I'd say from 20-22 feet he's a really good shooter. We'll continue to work on his range a little bit farther than that, but because he's 6-9 we really don't have to. He can get a shot pretty much whenever he wants."

On the other side of the ball, Hill is just as strong. "Defensively he's got very good instincts," Anthony observed. "They didn't press a lot last year. This year I see us pressing a lot more. One of the big reasons is that he's got a good knack for where the ball is going to go. With good instincts, he'll break on the ball well and make a lot of interceptions. When he can't make the interception, he'll put himself in good position to block shots. He does a good job of blocking shots without getting into people's bodies, so he doesn't get into foul trouble. He's not one of those kids who has to send it out of the gym. He understands keeping the ball in bounds when he blocks a shot to create an opportunity for us to get it and go the other way."

Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for additional stories on Devin Hill and his commitment to the Blue Demons.

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