PHOENIX -- Solomon Hill had the kind of NBA audition today that he wasn’t always able to have with the Arizona Wildcats.
Working out for the Suns with former ASU forward Carrick Felix and four other perimeter players at US Airways Center, Hill worked on long-range shooting, ballhandling and perimeter defense.
“I’m a wing,” he said.
As we know, that wasn’t always the case throughout his Arizona Wildcats career. Even last season, when UA coach Sean Miller pledged before the season to keep Hill at small forward because the Wildcats were seemingly loaded up front, Hill still had to gravitate toward power forward at times where he could create offensive mismatches and be effective defensively.
By mid-February, in fact, Hill started at the four while Kevin Parrom moved into the small forward spot and Brandon Ashley went to the bench.
So even though Hill brought a 1991 birthday and a scruffy beard to today’s workout -- "I'm not old," he protested jokingly -- he flashed some new potential that he’s not always known for.
“He shot the ball very well today -- I was impressed with his NBA three-point shooting,” Suns GM Ryan McDonough said. “He can defend his position and make shots. He showed some stuff off the dribble that I didn’t get to see a lot.
“He hadn’t handled the ball much away from the basket (at Arizona). We had him do some fullcourt ballhandling with pressure and I think he did well in all those areas.”
That’s the kind of feedback Hill said he’s been getting a lot, throughout a predraft odyssey that has taken him to 17 total workouts that include group and team auditions. His last one is scheduled for Monday at Indiana.
“I think people are surprised with my ballhandling, but I really wasn’t in a position to do a lot of things off the ball” at Arizona, Hill said. “But if you look at my numbers, most of my points were scored on isolation plays.”
Hill said he understood why he played so much at the four at UA, even as a senior, and rolled with it.
“It’s just like in Derrick’s case, he played the five for us but he wasn’t really a five,” Hill said of Derrick Williams. “Face up, step out, shoot -- everything coach (Miller) wanted me to do I did for them. We had a thing my senior year where I was trying to play three but I know my coach -- he wants to play for the best defensive team out there. I was out there doing whatever he wanted me to.”