Ahmed Hill says relationship with Indiana remains strong

062013hcxcfsWASHINGTON — When listing the college coaches he has the best relationship with, the very first that comes to mind for Ahmed Hill is Tom Crean.

Hill, a class of 2014 prospect from Aquinas (Ga.), spoke with Inside the Hall while at the Nike Global Challenge and named a half dozen coaches has the strongest bonds with. Joining Crean were five other head coaches: Marquette’s Buzz Williams, Florida’s Billy Donovan, Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton, Georgia’s Mark Fox, and Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory.

When it comes to who is coming at him the hardest, Indiana was also the first school that Hill mentioned.

“Probably Indiana, Marquette, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Georgia Tech, and Tennessee, and Texas,” he said.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard, ranked the No. 33 prospect nationally by ESPN.com, said that regular communication is a primary reason that Indiana is included in his top group of schools.

“Because me and coach [Tom] Crean talk pretty much every day,” Hill said. “When he sees me play bad he always shoots me a text, or when he sees me play good he’ll always shoot me a text. It doesn’t matter, he always texts me and talks to me every day.”

Those conversations don’t always center around basketball, according to the Georgia native, who averaged close to 30 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior at Aquinas.

“We’ve got a great relationship,” Hill said. “We just talk pretty much about life, pretty much [about] coming to Indiana and how it would be.”

Hill has yet to take a visit to Bloomington, but says that Crean has kept him well informed on what it would be like to play for the Hoosiers.

“He just says how the atmosphere is,” Hill began, “how I would fit into his style of play perfectly, how I would help the team out and be a big-time player for them. They got a great campus I heard. I’m going to go check it out. It would be great to get up there and check it out.”

Hill has taken several unofficial visits so far, but all of them have been to schools in the southeast. Hill has visited Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, and Clemson. The rising senior said that all of those trips were unofficial.

Hill said he holds offers from Indiana, Marquette, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Texas, North Carolina State, and Tennessee, amongst others. Two schools Hill said are recruiting him that have yet to extend a scholarship offer are North Carolina and Louisville.

The next step in the process for the four-star guard will be setting up official visits, which could begin to happen as early as next month. Hill hasn’t decided which schools he’ll visit yet, but plans to take all five officials and then make a decision with his family before the early signing period begins in November.

While he’s struggled thus far at the Global Challenge with just two points in three games in limited minutes, Hill is hoping he can finish the event out strong as the USA South team plays in the championship game later today. He also shared his goal for his final season of high school basketball this winter.

“To win a championship at my high school,” he said.

Alex Schwartz is the president and chief scouting officer of Northstar Basketball.

  • Kevin Tolliver

    Very talented but not sure why Indiana would need another shooting guard. We already have the no.1 SG in my opinion already. Lets move on to some bigger bodies.

  • JMAC

    For the same reason we went after Pinson.. You go after the best kids available that fit your system. I would love to see Hill in candy stripes!

  • Mooks

    He is ours to lose, we need guards because we didn’t get any in the class of 2013 with the exception of Stanford Robinson.

  • Kevin Tolliver

    Agree you want kids that fit our system but you also need size. We cant have 5 guys out there that can run the court but all under 6’5″.

  • cdog

    I would agree. I think we will get either Hill or Booth, not both. Booth is a true combo guard that is playing PG for the East World Games team. Booth wants to play a lot of PG because that would be his only option for the NBA. He is a scoring PG. I think Hill could do some combo as well. CTC is looking for a legitimate taller option for Yogi when we play teams like Cuse. Hopefully, that will be SR this year. I am NOT saying replace Yogi, just give us more options so we don’t end up with two under 6′ guys on the court like we did against Cuse. I agree with Kevin that Blackmon may be the best SG in his class. CTC needs to keep an eye on him as I think some other coaches are getting in his ear.

  • Mooks

    No question Blackmon’s the best, but Hill is a pure scorer, its easy to polish defensive skills, but scoring is a whole different thing.

  • IUMIKE1

    I could be completely wrong, and probably am, but for some reason something tells me this guy doesn’t end up as a Hoosier for whatever reasons.

  • SCHoosier

    All that relationship stuff is cool..and we’ve been hearing it for a while…but what’s it gonna take to get this kid on campus for a visit?

  • bannerup

    We need this guy, he must have a lot of “upside” as I noticed that he grew from 6′ 4″ to 6′ 5″ just while I was reading the article. Sorry

  • HoosierTrav

    The thing about our system is that it really works best when the 1 & 2 guards can be interchangeble. Blackmon and Hill can both handle the ball and score the ball. They would be just fine in the same backcourt.

  • HoosierTrav

    I dont think 2 guards under 6′ is a bad thing. Blackmon and Hill are a legit 6’4″. Thats not bad. Its certainly not a Jordy + Yogi scenario. I think Blackmon is going to be a lot better than many think. If healthy, i think he legitimately has a shot at going pro in 2-3 years.

  • skotchie

    I agree it would probably be a good class for a couple of good guards since we’ll have Davis, Williams, Hollowell and Hartman at the small forward. I would still like to see a big enter in this class if we have the scolly room.

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