Devin Hill Big East Bound
According to multiple sources Devin Hill has verbally committed to DePaul University and Head Coach Jerry Wainwright. Earlier in the week it was reported on the scout.com network that Hill was deciding between DePaul and St. Louis University. He had also seriously considered Seton Hall, Bradley, and Massachusetts.
Hill started his high school career at Trinity Catholic in Stamford, Connecticut but quickly transferred to nearby St. Luke’s School, where he has had great success. At St. Luke’s Hill has helped lead his team to consecutive trips to the NEPSAC Class “D” championship games. As he prepares to embark on his senior season he and his team appear to be the favorites to finally get over the hump and win the title.
Despite his strong play at the high school level, it has been Hill’s experiences with the New York Gauchos AAU team that has brought him so much national attention over the years. Two years ago Hill exploded onto the recruiting scene with his shot blocking prowess as he anchored a Gauchos team that was arguably the top 16 and under program in the country. This past summer he was a major contributor on the Gauchos 17 and under team that experienced unprecedented success and was almost undoubtedly the nation’s top team.
In Hill, DePaul is landing a player who still possesses the ability to dominate a game at the defensive end of the court, but also someone who has shown a good deal of growth on the offensive end of the court.
If he can continue to expand his offensive game he has the potential to be a major mismatch problem in the Big East down the road. When guarded by opposing big men Hill’s ability to run the floor and finish in transition should stand out. However, with his solid ball skills and soft shooting touch from the perimeter he is also said to be hoping to play some small forward, which should give him a major size advantage against would-be defenders.
Overall, DePaul has landed a versatile and skilled player with a terrific combination of size and athleticism who should be capable of being an important piece of their puzzle if he can continue to develop his game.