The floodgates have opened for Georgia junior forward Walter Hill. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect from East Hall High School in Gainesville, Ga., is quickly becoming a must-see guy in the class of 2007. On Friday night, five high-major schools were taking a gander at the two-sport star.
The secret is out with Hill. Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt and assistant coaches from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina all traveled down a dark country road last Friday night to Hill's East Hall High School, where the defending 2A state champs took on Wesleyan School, featuring top sophomore Howard Thompkins.
Playing in an offense that stares down 100-points a game, Hill is no stranger to pouring in the buckets. He's making the transition from being the biggest player on the team forced to play the post to a guy that is comfortable on the wing and making buckets from deep. On Friday, Hill buried four trifectas on eight attempts.
In fact, Hill's 22 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks helped East Hall improve to 13-0. Mix in Hill's athleticism (he was named an all-state wide receiver this year) with his changed body (he lost 15 pounds and toning out his frame), and the high-majors are taking a long look at the Peach State prospect.
Interest is transforming into offers. Alabama extended Hill his first scholarship offer from a high-major on Friday before the game.
"That is the first offer I've got," Hill said. "I don't know if the floodgates are opening or not. I'm just happy I got that. A lot of schools said they want to come and see more of me."
According to Hill's head coach Joe Dix, coaches will see an improved player that is still growing into the game.
"He's just getting older and becoming more mature," Dix said. "Walter just works at it. He's becoming a better shooter and doing the stuff that makes him become a better player. He's taking care of the ball and he's being more consistent with his shot. All and all, he's just playing really well."
Asked if any one team has struck a cord, Hill, an ah shucks country kid, looked over at the SEC coaches convention just 25 feet away from the East Hall locker room and smiled.
"All of them," he said.