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Malcolm Hill

School

Illinois

Position
Guard
Major
Media and Cinema Studies

Classroom

Malcolm Hill is excelling in the classroom, carrying a 3.0 cumulative GPA. He is a reigning Academic All-Big Ten honoree and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in media and cinema studies in May 2017.

Character

Hill is well-liked and respected by everyone from coaches, players, athletic department staffers, rival teams, professors, classmates and young fans. He is always upbeat with a smile on his face and remains humble despite the publicity he has received for his basketball accomplishments. He almost shies away from the spotlight, not seeking out attention, and would rather be working behind the scenes. He is a model student-athlete who can always be counted on to do the right thing. He has been selected as a team captain by vote of his teammates.

Community

Hill is the most sought-after Illini player at various community events, such as autograph sessions, kids clinics and elementary school visits. He speaks to crowds at alumni and booster club events and also to youngsters at the local Boys & Girls Club. Hill also participates annually in the Make a Wish Illinois’ Walk and Run for Wishes.

Competition

Hill was a second-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) selection last year and was named to the USBWA All-District V team. He was also on the NABC Second Team All-District 7, one of 10 finalists for Jerry West Award (nation’s top shooting guard) and the first Illini ever to record 600 points, 200 rebounds and 100 assists in a single season. Hill is the only Big Ten player to lead his team in scoring, rebounding and assists on the year and was third in the Big Ten in scoring with an average of 18.1 points, the highest by an Illini in the last 13 seasons. His total of 614 points ranks sixth on UI single-season scoring list, and he scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games, with 16 games of 20+ points and four of 30+ points. Hill also shot 82.1 percent from the free throw line (eighth in B1G) and led Big Ten with 193 made free throws (18th in NCAA).