Late Bloomer

Point guard Darryl Hill, WVU basketball's recent point guard commitment from Cardozo High School in New York, is something of a late bloomer.

Hill, who has earned nicknames such as "Showtime" and "The Thrill" put up impressive numbers during the 2000-01 season at Cardozo High School. However, Hill really shot up the charts as a member of the Long Island Panthers AAU team over the past summer.

Hill's coach at Milford, Bob Riggio tells Greg Hunter of the Blue & Gold News that Hill is a good person, first and foremost.

"He's just a good kid, and has good character," Riggio says. "But he has a lot of basketball skills as well. His greatest attribute is that he has an overall game."

Those skills translate over a wide area - Hill is a point guard that can run an offense, handle the ball, or score if need be.

"He has excellent vision, handles the ball well and is very unselfish," Riggio notes. "But if the need arises, he can score."

Riggio is a veteran of the prep wars - Milford plays the highest ranked prep teams in the country, and has six former players on Big East teams. He knows what it takes to compete at that level, and believes that Hill has those skills.

"If you're going to win on a consistent basis nowadays, you have to have good guards, and an excellent point guard. Hill could be the best we've ever had here (at Milford)," Riggio says.

Another scouting report on Hill praises his decision making ability, which is vital in running the precision sets in Gale Catlett's offense. Hill displayed that ability in distributing the ball and running the talented Panthers to the championship of the adidas Big Time Tournament in July.

Hill, who was rated as highly as the number 4 point guard in the country by Mark Mayemura and David Benezra of RecruitingUSA after his summer play, has enrolled at Milford Academy in Connecticut for the 2001-2002 season. Milford begins practice on October 1.

Hill was also drawing interest from UConn, Seton Hall, Fresno State, St. John's and Georgia Tech.

On another note, Riggio's Milford squad played Drew Schifino's Bridgton Academy team this past season. While Milford won the game, Riggio notes they couldn't do much with Schifino.

"I'll take that kid on my team any time. We could not stop him at all. He had about 26 or 27."

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