It is clear that a run for the state title is the main focus of Virginia Beach (VA) Norfolk Collegiate shooting guard Donte Hill. High Div-1 scholarships, including one from Marquette, are awaiting him after his run is complete.
"Marquette has been probably coming at me the hardest right now," said Hill. "Florida just started recruiting me. But I'd probably say Marquette. Of course Old Dominion, the home town school, I'm always in contact with the coaches over there. I've been talking to Clemson lately and Virginia has been calling a lot too."
Other schools that are showing interest in Hill, the No. 85 ranked player in the Rivals.com top 100 for 2009, are Virginia Tech, Maryland, Mississippi, George Mason and James Madison.
Hill works hard on skills that increase his versatility and will allow him to make an impact on both ends of the floor. Averaging 21 pts, 8 rebs and 7 ast per game, he feels there is always room for improvement in his game.
Head coach Tom Crean's player development skills and work ethic make Marquette appealing. The ability to play both guard positions at the college level make him a good fit for the Golden Eagles' guard based offense.
"I really like Marquette's offense. The way they run through their guards and it's real open sets on offense and the way they get out and just run. The way they play defense, I was really most impressed with the way they play defense."
Hill's offers are increasing from colleges across the country and he would like to make a decision before his senior season, though he has not made a final list yet. Weighing the attractiveness of college programs can be difficult, but his determining factors are clear.
"I got to have a good feel for the coach and feel like we're on the same page," said Hill. "A coach that is real good with player development. I want to get better wherever I go. Not a coach just saying what I want to hear but telling me what I need to hear. Location is not really a factor for me right now."
Though he does not have any dates set, Hill plans on visiting some campuses after the state playoffs.
"When I have my official visits for sure Marquette is going to be one of my visits. I still want to unofficially visit Virginia Tech this year and I went up to Maryland's midnight madness. I've been to North Carolina and UVA."
Though the state playoffs are Hill's number one focus, what campus he will be arriving at in 2009 is still in the back of his mind.