If top 50 recruit Ahmed Hill ever wears a UConn jersey, it won’t be until the 2014-15 season. By that time, Jim Calhoun’s current contract will have expired and, in all likelihood, the Huskies will be led by a new head coach.
Like several other recruits, Hill is hopeful that Kevin Ollie is next in line.
“I would (want Ollie to be the next coach),” Hill said Monday afternoon. “Every time he gets on the phone with me, he always motivates me. He has me thinking about school; he motivates me to be a better person. We talk about being a better person first of all before talking about basketball.”
Of course, with Hill, basketball is a pretty relevant topic: He’s ranked No. 37 nationally in the class of 2014 by Rivals.com and is attracting attention from big-time schools across the country. A native of hoops hotbed Augusta, Ga. — the same city that produced former UConn guard Ricky Moore — Hill is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard with a versatile offensive game. He’s quick off the dribble, explosive in the open court and capable of shooting from beyond the arc.
Hill, a rising junior at Aquinas High, picked up an offer from UConn after his performance at Boo Williams about a month ago. UConn continues to recruit him “pretty hard.”
“I like how they use their guards, I like how they run their program, just the history of making pros,” Hill said.
As his list of offers grows, Hill listed UConn, Kansas, Indiana, VCU and Alabama as the schools that seriously interest him. He added that he’d like to make a decision during his junior year of high school, but wouldn’t be opposed to waiting until his senior season if necessary.
Hill will visit UConn at some point this summer. He’s also hoping to line up a trip to Indiana.