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Hill enjoying big climb into spotlight

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Solomon Hill, a multi-skilled wing forward from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, enjoyed quite the rise in the class of 2009 rankings after his dynamic spring showing. Last week at the Pangos All-American camp, he was one of the toughest players to defend in the camp.
Going from a non-ranked prospect to the No. 3 overall small forward in the nation, Hill said his spring showing was as good as he hoped it would have been.
"I think I did pretty good. I'm getting out on the wing more. It's been fun out there. I've been able to take the pressure off of my other teammates," Hill said.
"Being able to dish off to other people allows me to do some more on the offensive end. On my high school team, I had to take on a new role. I had to move more out to the wing and ever since then I've been playing really well out on the wing as someone who can get everyone else involved. The game opens up a lot more being out on the wing. It makes my job on the court a lot easier."
Hill certainly makes it easy. His ball-handling, passing and versatility is good enough to play the point full time if needs be. Hill said his conversations with college coaches have revolved around him playing the one at the next level, too.
"Being a 6-6, I know a lot of college coaches like my size out there. Some of them think I can be a college point guard. That's a big thing. I've been playing against people that aren't my size and I think there are a lot of advantages in that," Hill said. "I can play the one, two or three. I like to play all of the positions. It doesn't matter to me as long as I'm out there on the court."
As expected, Hill's recruitment took off after his spring showing. Hill said Boston College, Oregon State, San Diego, San Diego State and UNLV have offered him prior to the Pangos All-American camp, where he was one of the top class of 2009 prospects in the event. Utah called on Tuesday and offered. Arizona has also jumped into the mix.
Gonzaga, Kansas State, Southern Cal, Texas, Michigan and Washington State are also in the picture, he said.
"It's the same, just keeping in touch with the other schools that have been staying on top of me," Hill said. "Now it's a matter of me looking at the teams a little closer and looking at the coaching staffs a little closer. I'm trying to keep it all open."
Hill said he will participate in Southern Cal's camp this weekend. The four-star prospect said he'd like to see some other programs this summer and into the fall, too.
"I would like to get up to Gonzaga this summer," he said. "Arizona called this week and said they are interested. I'd like to get down there and take an official visit. I really like Arizona.
"I spoke to the head coach at Michigan a couple of days ago and he said they are definitely interested and want to stay in touch with me. I know they'll be recruiting me. He said they want to win some championships and that is what I want to do. I want go somewhere that I can win. I'll go anywhere that I can win a championship…Me and my are going to break it down at the end of the summer as to where I'll really be visiting."
Hill said he will participate in the Vince Carter camp, the LeBron James camp, the Nike Peach Jam and the Main Event in July with his California Supreme AAU team.
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