Saturday, October 12, 2013
Scout's Take: Ahmed Hill to Marquette
By Reggie Rankin
ESPN 100 shooting guard Ahmed Hill (Augusta, Ga./Aquinas) committed to Marquette on Saturday while on his official visit, where he also observed Marquette Madness. He chose the Golden Eagles over Indiana and Missouri.
"I have a great relationship with coach Buzz [Williams] and coach Isaac Chew. I just needed to come and check everything out," said Hill, ranked No. 51 in the Class of 2014.
"My mom (Donna Hill) came with me and she was very comfortable with what the coaches told and showed us," Hill added.
Why he committed: Marquette needed a player in this class who can score. That is what Hill does best, and the Golden Eagles recruited him longer and more consistently than anyone else.
What he brings: Simply put, the No. 2 player in Georgia (only Missouri commit JaKeenan Gant ranks higher) can flat-out score. Hill has already scored more than 2,000 points in his high school career, and his senior season hasn't even begun. Hill can knock down the open 3, and he's even better at scoring off the bounce.
Ahmed Hill has already scored more than 2,000 points in high school.
"I score best with my mid-range pull-up and by getting all the way to the rim," Hill said.
Hill, at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, is a strong and physical guard who also has an excellent motor and toughness. Hill also has the body and athleticism to be a multiple-position defender.
How it fits: Hill will add toughness and competitiveness to the Marquette perimeter in addition to his ability to score in a variety of ways. Hill will be a finisher on the break and a powerful driver/slasher and pull-up jumper specialist with the Marquette set offense. Head coach Buzz Williams will have the luxury of featuring Hill in their scoring actions, creating matchup problems on the wing. Hill can get to the rim and draw fouls and and-ones at end-of-clock situations. Hill will also be successful at defending both wing positions and can even switch onto a point guard at end-of-clock situations.
Who he reminds us of: Hill has some game similarities to former Kentucky and current Boston Celtics shooting guard Keith Bogans. Hill is a strong, tough and physical scorer who will also be a successful defender.
How the class is shaping up: Hill gives the Golden Eagles their third pledge and second ESPN 100 performer, joining versatile, in-state small forward Sandy Cohen (Green Bay, Wis./Seymour) and high productive glue-guy power forward Malek Harris (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) to give Marquette a class that provides toughness, scoring, rebounding and good overall versatility. Williams and his staff will devote their full attention to getting a post player next, and wide body power forward/center Tory Miller (Lee's Summit, Mo./New Hampton) is at the top of the wish list.