Over the past few weeks, word had been circulating that Illinois was the team to beat for Malcolm Hill. Turns out that theory was correct.
A day after receiving a commitment from an Illinois native in the class of 2012 - Michael Orris - the Illini scored with the 6-foot-5 junior shooting guard from Belleville (Ill.) East.
"They are the hometown school so it would be great that my family would be able to see me play, that was a bonus," Hill told Rivals.com. "They also have a strong alumni base and they are a good business school, and that could really help me off the court in the future.
"They have a great coaching staff and great team chemistry and everybody gets along real well."
A complete shooting guard who is especially adept as a mid-range scorer, Hill combines excellent size with skill and long-term upside.
"The ball-pick motion offense is a good fit," said Hill. "They set a lot of screens and do a lot of pick and roll. I'm a guy who likes to stay in movement so that works for me."
Currently ranked No. 50 nationally in the class of 2013, the four-star prospect joins fellow in-stater and four-star prospect Jalen James in Illinois' 2013 recruiting class.
While Hill says the last few Illini commits being homegrown didn't push him to Illinois, it didn't hurt.
"Jalen James hit me up every once in a while saying I should come," Hill said. "It's great to know that I have support when I get up there."