A Pleasant Flight Home

Pasadena (CA) La Salle High guard Jordan Hill traveled to the University of Wisconsin to get a sense of what the Badgers had to offer. While he wants to take more visits before committing, Wisconsin certainly set the bar high for other schools to try and follow.

MADISON - As flew back to southern California following an eye-opening two-day visit to the University of Wisconsin, guard Jordan Hill had plenty of time to reflect.

Taking stock of how beautiful the campus was, how first class the facilities were and how great the UW coaches and players treated him, Hill recognized just how special the university is.

"I was trying to imagine myself going to Wisconsin and what it would be like," Hill told Badger Nation. "It was a wonderful place and the whole atmosphere gave me everything I could want in a college experience. I was very impressed with everything at Wisconsin."

Making the visit by himself, Hill went to both extremes during his time on campus. One night before walking down State Street by himself to soak in the sights, see the lit-up capitol building and get some local cuisine, Hill hung out with Ryan Evans, Ben Brust and Sam Dekker.

"It was a lot of fun being around the guys because they made me feel like part of the team," said Hill. "They were all really great guys. They were able to tell me the stuff the coaches can't tell me because (the coaches) aren't on the team. They really gave me some good insight and they seemed to love it at Wisconsin."

After seeing Hill play in Chicago (a performance that earned him his scholarship offer), head coach Bo Ryan and his staff watched Hill played in Las Vegas the following weekend, and sat down with Hill in person for the first time.

"I was really impressed with coach Ryan," said Hill. "Since I follow college basketball, how could you not know about Bo Ryan and Wisconsin? Talking to him, he's such a genuine guy. He doesn't blow smoke, he was very honest with me and talked about where I could fit in his program. He's a class ‘A' guy."

According to Hill, he would fit into Wisconsin because of his attention to detail, ability to play both guard positions and his dedication to defense.

"He says there aren't a lot of 17-year-old guys like me that play strong defense," said Hill. "He said there will be challenges, but knows I will step up to it because I am that kind of kid."

The 6-3, 170-pound Hill averaged 14.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocks as a senior for Pasadena (CA) La Salle High. He is delaying his college enrollment by one as he enrolled at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, a college prep school to improve his grades and his game.

In addition to Wisconsin, Hill claims offers from Brown, Dartmouth, Florida Gulf Coast, Kent State, Lehigh, Santa Clara and Yale. Before making his decision, Hill wants to visit Brown, Lehigh, Kent State and Northern Arizona, four schools that have been recruiting him for a long period of time.

"I want to make sure I make a mature decision and although Wisconsin was great, I don't have anything to compare it to yet," said Hill. "Talking to coach Ryan, he doesn't want to pressure me because he wants guys who want to be at Wisconsin. He wants me to be there, so he's not going to rush me.

"I know that the offer won't stand forever if I take too long, and I am not interested in taking a long, drawn-out process. Definitely by the signing period if not before, I want to know where I am going. I want to make a decision and make it confidently."

Wisconsin currently has a commitment from point guard Bronson Koenig and forward Riley Dearring in the Class of 2013, and has at least two available scholarships available.

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