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.
One of the more intriguing recruiting stories of the summer belongs to Chris Hill, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound senior wing from Jacksonville, Fla.
Hill finished up his prep career at Raleigh (N.C.) Christian Faith Academy and is taking three summer classes through an online site run by BYU and Adams State College.
“They’re offering all the classes I need to graduate,” Hill said by phone.
Hill claims offers from Southern Miss, St. John’s, Seton Hall and DePaul with interest from Arizona, N.C. State, UConn and Syracuse.
“I’m getting a lot of calls,” Hill said. “A lot of people are waiting for me to be qualified.”
Hill said he hopes to become qualified and then make a college decision by later this month.
“Everything has to be finished by July 20,” he said.
Hill is also competing in the Greater NC Pro-Am and working out with two trainers.
“I’ve been transitioning into a two/three,” he said. “I grew an extra inch and picked up some weight.”
Hill visited Seton Hall last weekend and plans visits this month to DePaul (July 5), Southern Miss (10-12) and St. John’s.
Of the Seton Hall visit he said, “”It was very family oriented. They’re hungry for wins and for great players to bring them back to the days of competing for a national championship.”
Hill says he’s cousins with Amar’e Stoudemire but has no insight on where Stoudemire might land in this free agent frenzy.
“I just congratulated him on his success,” Hill said. “Wherever he goes I’ll be happy. I know he wants to win a championship and compete to be a great player.
“He’s my family. I don’t want nothing from him and I want to get my own name.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.