Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ALEX KLINE & ADAM ZAGORIAChris Hill, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound shooting guard from Creedmoore (N.C.) Christian Faith Academy, is receiving interest from Memphis, Nebraska, USC and Kansas State, according to Christian Faith head coach Ro Russell.
Hill is a skilled forward but must sort out his academic situation before he can become qualified.
“Right now, he’s 6-7, 6-8. He can really shoot it. He can play the 3 or the 4. He’s a really skilled shooting combo forward,” Russell said. “He reminds me of Lazar Hayward of Marquette.
“But he still has to get a lot of stuff done academically. Come May is when we’ll have a better picture of where his whole recruitment situation is.”
Hill lists Memphis as his leader, and Russell said Memphis was indeed recruiting him.
“Memphis is my leader,” Hill said Monday by phone.
“That’s where I want to go badly because of Penny Hardaway. Will Barton is my boy, too.”
Memphis has seven commits for next season and Hill is still waiting to see how the current roster shakes out. Williams may opt to leave for the NBA after his sophomore season, which would open up a spot for Hill to step in.
“I’m waiting for certain situations with the numbers,” Hill said.
MELVIN UPDATES LIST
Onetime UConn commit Cleveland Melvin lists Duke, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Miami, South Florida, Seton Hall, DePaul andTCU among the schools he could wind up playing for.
The 6-7 Melvin, out of Notre Dame Prep, wants to commit and sign with a team, “before the end of the signing period” in May.
He decommitted from UConn because he wants the “chance to play more out on the wing when I go to college.”
Melvin said Jim Calhoun’s health issues did not have an impact on his decommitment and that the Huskies were off his list despite Calhoun saying he will sign a four-year extension.
For more on Melvin, go to BoxofMess.com.
WROTEN ADDS BAYLOR
Seattle Garfield junior guard Tony Wroten has added Baylor to a list that includes UConn, Syracuse, Villanova and Washington.
“Yes,” he wrote by text.
Wroten continues to list UConn as his leader and says he wants to play with Kemba Walker, although Walker may well be gone after next season.
Wroten was asked on Twitter if he would commit to Washington if the Huskies won the NCAA title.
“I swear to God I would,” he said.
For more on Wroten, go to BoxOfMess.com.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.