George Hill (basketball)


George Hill (basketball)

Infobox NBA Player
name = George Hill



caption =
position = Guard
nickname =
height_ft = 6
height_in = 2
weight_lb = 180
team = San Antonio Spurs
number = 3
nationality = American
birth_date = birth date and age|1986|5|4
birth_place = Indianapolis, Indiana
college = Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
highschool = Broad Ripple High School
draft = 26th overall
draft_year = 2008
draft_team = San Antonio Spurs
career_start = 2008
former_teams =
awards =

George Jesse Hill, Jr. (born May 4, 1986 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). While playing for IUPUI he received many honors, including Summit League Player of the Year and was an Honorable Mention All-American his junior season. He was selected 26th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2008 NBA Draft out of IUPUI in Indianapolis.

Background

;High schoolGrowing up, Hill looked up to players like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson while dreaming of one day playing in the NBA; on being asked about his goal of being a first-round pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Hill commented "It's my childhood dream".Matt Baker. [http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080626/SPORTS/806260437/1088/SPORTS04 IUPUI's George Hill dreams of having his name called] "indystar.com", June 26, 2008. - [http://www.webcitation.org/5Zh0E10IX Archived at Webcite®] ] An only child, [Maurice M. McKiernan. [http://media.www.jagbytes.com/media/storage/paper1244/news/2008/02/20/Sports/Iupuis.George.Hill.The.Man.Behind.The.Stats-3221934.shtml IUPUI's George Hill: the man behind the stats] "jagbytes.com", February 20, 2008. - [http://www.webcitation.org/5ZgzDUJpH Archived at WebCite®] ] Hill attended Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis [Indianapolis Public Schools. [http://www.headlines.ips.k12.in.us/archive/7118.aspx 2004 BRHS Graduate Hill Picked in First Round of NBA Draft] "headlines.ips.k12.in.us" - [http://www.webcitation.org/5ZflGkowi Archived at WebCite®] ] where he excelled as one of the top high school players in the state while playing against the likes of Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Josh McRoberts, and A J Ratliff. In high school, despite never having played soccer, Hill was asked to try out for the goalie position and finished earning all-state honors. In his senior year, Hill averaged a state-leading 36.2 points per game, the fifth-highest single-season average in Indiana High School Athletic Association history. [ [http://www.iupuijags.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=7 2007-2008 Men's Basketball Roster] "iupuijags.com". - [http://www.webcitation.org/5ZgzSHEA1 Archived at Webcite®] ]

;CollegeDespite receiving scholarship offers from several big conference schools including Florida, Temple and Indiana, he chose to commit to IUPUI, wishing to stay with his ailing great-grandfather, Gilbert Edison. [http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/MYSA062808_4D_BKNspurs_hill_3feba72_html.html Hill a prototypical Spur: College coach recounts examples of toughness, talent, loyalty, desire] "mysanantonio.com" June 27, 2008 - [http://www.webcitation.org/5ZfoUzk8J Archived at WebCite®] ] A few months after he verbally agreed to attend IUPUI, his great-grandfather passed away, never getting the opportunity to see Hill play basketball at the the college level. Following the advice of his great-grandfather, who told him to always be 'a man of his word', he decided to pass on other offers and stay at IUPUI.

In his sophomore year, he led the IUPUI Jaguars to a tie for the best record in the conference.

After an injury that forced him to become a red-shirt in his third year at IUPUI, Hill returned the next season and led the Jaguars to the conference tournament finals before losing to Oral Roberts University and thus failing to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament.

NBA

Draft

The following summer, Hill participated in workouts with several NBA teams. After an impressive run at the Orlando pre-draft rookie camp, Hill became a projected second round selection. On draft night, the San Antonio Spurs surprised many by selecting George Hill with their 26th pick in the first round.

He became the second first round draft choice in The Summit League's history and the first player ever drafted from IUPUI. [Ed Holdaway. [http://www.iupuijags.com/news/2008/6/26/MBB_0626085013.aspx HILL PICKED 26TH OVERALL BY THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS] "iupuijags.com", June 25, 2006. Accessed July 12, 2008. - [http://www.webcitation.org/5ZamwW55P Archived at WebCite®] ]

On September 23rd, 2008, the Spurs signed Hill to a standard rookie contract that guaranteed the first two years, and included a team option on the next two years. [Cliff Brunt, [http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-spurs-hill&prov=ap&type=lgns Spurs sign George Hill] "sports.yahoo.com," September 23, 2008.]

ummer League 2008

;Las VegasOn July 14th, 2008, in his first summer league game as a Spur, George Hill scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while holding fellow draft pick OJ Mayo to 5-of-17 shooting en route to a victory for the Spurs. [Mike Monroe. [http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/spurs/Spurs-Hill-holds-own-against-Mayo.html Spurs' Hill holds own against Mayo in summer league debut] "mysanantonio.com", July 15, 2008. - [http://www.webcitation.org/5Zh0bC8Lk Archived at WebCite®] ] Throughout the summer league Hill struggled with his shooting, making only 2-of-25 shots (8.0%), and 1-of-6 3-pointers (16.7%). Hill played in all but one of the four summer league games for the San Antonio Spurs, he finished averaging 8.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 31.7 minutes per game. [ [http://www.nba.com/summerleague2008/players/index.jsp?player=george_hill George Hill (2008 Summer League Statistics)] "nba.com", Accessed July 21, 2008. - [http://www.webcitation.org/5ZamxXZvm Archived at WebCite®] ] [Mike Monroe. [http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/spurs/Spurs_Hill_makes_date_to_fix_his_wayward_shot.html Spurs' Hill makes date to fix his wayward shot] "mysanantonio.com", July 17, 2008. Accessed July 21, 2008. - [http://www.webcitation.org/5Zan08Z4s Archived at WebCite®] ]

;Rocky Mountain Revue At the Utah Revue, Hill led his team by averaging 12.8 pts over four games, however he continued to struggle offensively with his shooting, only making 21.4% of his 3 point-fields goals. [Tim Buckley. [http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=3505958&type=story Warriors' Morrow named MVP of the Revue] "espn.com", July 26, 2008. - [http://www.webcitation.org/5ZeDmsDYK Archived at WebCite®] ] In the first of the four games, Hill led all scorers with 21 points and helped the spurs defeat the Utah Jazz, 82-57. He followed up with a quiet offensive performance, 6 points, in a win against the NBADL Ambassadors, before scoring 18 points in a loss versus the Gerald Green led Mavericks. In the final game of the Revue, Hill once again struggled with his shooting (1-7) but managed to make key plays with the game on the line. Hill made two clutch free throws with 6.9 seconds left and then forced a turnover on the defensive end to beat the undefeated Atlanta Hawks. [ [http://www.nba.com/jazz/Revue/rmr2008_schedule.html 2008 RMR SCHEDULE] "nba.com/jazz/Renue", July 18-July 25.] [ [http://www.nba.com/jazz/Revue/rmr2008_day4_atlsas.html 08 RMR DAY 4: ATLANTA VS. SAN ANTONIO] "nba.com/jazz/Revue", July 22, 2008.]

Player profile

On draft day, ESPN reported that Hill possessed a 6'9" wingspan and only 3% body fat. Hill's athleticism, length, and strength are among his greatest assets; going into the NBA his defense was described as being "NBA-ready" but still needing to improve offensively.Tim Buckley. [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=RMR-Day4-080723 Hill takes first steps in climbing the Spurs' ladder] "espn.com", July 23, 2008. - [http://www.webcitation.org/5Zh0VI5AT Archived at WebCite®] ] In a media interview Spurs head coach Greg Popovich commented: "(he) Does a little bit of everything, the great thing about him is that he's a very good all around basketball player, he's a tenacious defender, he can score, he can run, he's a good passer, he knows how to play and he's really a team guy". [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAU3JoSwUCY&feature=related Video: Spurs 2008 Draft : Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich] "youtube.com", coach Popovich talking about George Hill.] When asked on multiple occasions which current NBA player he most resembled, Hill responded by picking Monta Ellis, adding that he sees himself as a combo guard and an energy player who enjoys playing defense and getting into the passing lanes. [http://www.nba.com/spurs/news/draft_pick_intro_080710.html Video: Spurs introduce 2008 Draft Picks.] "nba.com/spurs", July 10, 2008. Accessed July 29, 2008.] [http://radio.woai.com/pages/pp_spurs.html Radio: George Hill on STSA] "radio.woai.com", Accessed July 29, 2008.] Despite spending most of his college time at the shooting guard position, at only 6'2" Hill was selected to back up All-star Tony Parker at the point guard position.

References

External links

* [http://www.iupuijags.com/news/2008/6/26/MBB_0626085013.aspx IUPUI - Hill Picked 26th Overall]
* [http://www.nba.com/draft2008/profiles/GeorgeHill.html NBA.com/GeorgeHill]
* [http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/George-Hill-5067/ DraftExpress.com/GeorgeHill]


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