His chiseled body and consistent production suggest Arizona senior forward Solomon Hill works hard already, but reminders to improve come anyway.

The last one occurred a month ago when Hill visited the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where

Arizona will face Ohio State in a Sweet 16 game Thursday.

Hill sat down to watch former teammate and good friend Derrick Williams play for the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Lakers.

Although Williams has struggled at times over two seasons with the Timberwolves, he stood out at Staples on that night,

Feb. 28, with 15 points and eight rebounds. D-Will darted under the basket for reverse layups and was even assigned to guard Kobe Bryant — all-around qualities that Hill hopes to hone before he enters the NBA draft in late June.

Williams was there because he scooted off to become the No. 2 overall pick in 2011, instead of staying at UA with Hill for the past two seasons. Hill once thought he’d leave early for the NBA and be drafted high, but he learned it wasn’t going to be that easy.

“I think it was a little difficult for me to see that Derrick was so naturally good at what he did on the court,” Hill said. “Some people may say he wasn’t the best practice player, but the fact that he did what he did in the games, you have to respect that.

“It was just understanding that I’m not him. I can’t just do what he does. There had to be a little more sacrifice on my end.”


Read this entire article in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star.