West Lafayette, IN– With the departure of Jon Octeus and well as the transfer of Bryson Scott, Head Coach Matt Painter and the Purdue Men’s Basketball Team were in a very dangerous position in terms of point guard. However that all changed as UT-Arlington PG Johnny Hill chose to continue playing basketball for the Boilermakers this afternoon. Hill also made visits to Illinois and Baylor. Hill will be immediately eligible to play for the Boilers next season.
Last season with the Mavericks, Hill averaged 9.6 points per game and 3.4 assists. Hill also shot 68% from the free throw line and 46% overall. Hill also comes in at a tall 6’3″ and 180 pounds. Hill is a very long athlete who has a nose for playing defense. He plays a suffocating brand of defense that will fit in with Coach Painter’s mindset nicely.
Hill comes in looking a lot like a copy of the departing Octeus. They both play a tough brand of defense, are smart when distributing the basketball, and are leaders on the court. Hill was the best option for Coach Painter, and will further the team coming off of positive momentum from last season.
The next big decision from the basketball team is the decision on Ft. Wayne five star big man Caleb Swanigan. Swanigan, who had committed to Michigan State, has now de-committed and opened up his recruiting. Multiple sources appear to think Swanigan is most likely headed to Purdue, which would be an incredible commitment for Matt Painter. However, until everything is set in stone it is purely speculation.
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Chris Jewell is the College Sports Editor for Indiana Sports Report. You can follow him on Twitter @ChrisJewellISR and Indiana Sports Report @IndySportsRep