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In 2006, Hill was ranked as the 11th best high school power forward prospect in the country by hoopscooponline.com—an impressive feat for someone who did not play organized basketball in his junior year of high school.
Arizona Wildcats College Career
Hill then took his talents to the University of Arizona in 2006, where he became one of the most decorated players in the school’s history. Hill finished his three-year career at the university by ranking 5th all-time in field goal percentage, 6th in blocked shots and 10th in rebounds. In his junior year as a Wildcat, Hill averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds, and was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team.
The New York Knicks selected Hill with the 8th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. In his first four years in the NBA, Hill had already bounced around to three different teams—the Knicks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. Hill was a surprising acquisition made by the Lakers at the 2012 trade deadline, as the Lakers shipped long-time point guard Derek Fisher to Houston in exchange for Hill.
Hill struggled to find a role on the Lakers bench until a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 22, 2012. The Lakers were struggling in every facet of the game, down by double digits, until head coach Mike Brown went to a seldom used lineup of Steve Blake, Kobe Bryant, Devin Ebanks, Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol. Hill’s energy on the glass contributed heavily to the Lakers’ double-overtime comeback -win. Hill finished the game with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Since then, Coach Brown has regularly turned to Hill as the first big man off the Lakers’ bench.
On July 25, 2012, Hill re-signed with the Lakers for a two-year contract after contemplating a move to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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