Arizona Wildcats basketball: Staying in school worth it for Hill

2013-03-26T22:03:00Z 2013-03-26T22:06:46Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Staying in school worth it for HillBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 26, 2013 10:03 pm  • 

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.

 

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Cal Poly Pomona at
Stanford
11/6 8:00 pm
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Denver at
Stanford
12/13 4:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
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