Change of Mind

After originally wanting to take more visits to compare them to the University of Wisconsin, Pasadena (Ca.) guard Jordan Hill decides he no longer wanted to wait, committing to Wisconsin on Tuesday.

MADISON - The dream continues for Phillips Exeter Academy guard Jordan Hill.

After getting what he called a ‘dream school' from Wisconsin following the Chicago King James Summer Shootout in mid July, Hill decided the Badgers were too good to pass up on his unofficial visit and committed to UW's 2013 recruiting Tuesday.

"I'm so excited that I know where I am going and I can finally be a part of the Badger family," Hill told Badger Nation. "I am really excited to tell people that I am going to Wisconsin.

"When I took my unofficial visit, I immediately fell in love with it. When I got back home and talked to my mom and dad, I wanted to make a wise decision, which was to take my time, go through the process and look at all the options that were out there with all the different schools. This whole weekend I talked to my family, and I realized that there won't be a better opportunity than Wisconsin."

Hill chose the Badgers over other offers from Brown, Dartmouth, Florida Gulf Coast, Kent State and Yale. He becomes Wisconsin's third verbal commitment for the class, joining La Crosse Aquinas (Wis.) point guard Bronson Koenig and Minnetonka (MN) forward Riley Dearring.

"I love the coaches, the players, everything … it's perfect," said Hill, who broke the news to Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and associate head coach Greg Gard. "There was no need to visit anywhere else because it's not going to make a difference. I am excited to get up there next year and get to work."

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.

"When I got to play with the players at Wisconsin, the big difference I saw between me and them was the fact they were grown men," said Hill. "I am 17, so I have a lot of growing to do. I have to let my metabolism catch up and at Exeter, I am going to focus on getting stronger and bigger and faster. I feel I understand the game pretty well, but there is always something more I can do. It's going to be a great place to hone my skills and get better academically.

"When I get to Wisconsin, I'll be a better Jordan Hill than I am now, and I can't wait to compete at Wisconsin."

Wisconsin has at least one more scholarship available in its 2013 class and is using it to target forwards Vitto Brown, Nigel Hayes, Semi Ojeleye and Kyle Washington.

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