August 3, 2012

Hill will return for an official visit

After spending two nights in Madison on an unofficial visit, Jordan Hill felt the time was right to accept Wisconsin's scholarship offer.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard from Exeter (NH) is the third known commitment in the Badgers' 2013 class.

"I just committed to Wisconsin," Hill communicated to moments ago.

Hill, originally from California, was offered by head coach Bo Ryan during the July live evaluation period.

"Coach Ryan saw me play at the King James Shootout in Chicago last weekend and I had a few good games there that I guess he really liked," Hill told in a past article. "First I talked to one of the assistant coaches, Greg Gard, and then later that day, I received a call from coach Bo Ryan himself.

"Coach Ryan said that he likes that I can play both guard positions, so I'd hope to make an impact playing the one but I'd be happy to do whatever they need me to do."

According to BTI Pump N Run coach Robert Icart, Hill flew a bit under the radar until UW's recent offer.

"Jordan's been under the radar," Icart told in a past article. "A couple of Ivy Leagues recruited him last year. But now after Chicago, I love the fact that Bo Ryan evaluates a guy and doesn't worry about other schools. There are some programs like Washington State that are really good and they do the same things. They evaluate guys, they look into who they are and what their DNA is and say, 'We want that kid.' In a lot of programs it depends on who's recruiting a kid. He's got offers from the Pac-12, so now we feel like we can offer, you hear that kind of stuff a lot. Coach Ryan trusts his own opinion.

"He's (Hill) terrific. He's a high-quality, high-character kid. We're lucky to have him in our program. He's athletic and he's really got his shot dialed in now. He can shoot a ball well and he can play point. When coach saw him, Jordan just looked like a very organized, efficient, intelligent basketball player and a leader. His dad's a physician. We talk about discipline all the time and he's a disciplined athlete who is ready. He does all the things that are necessary to be ready to play."

Hill, who chose the Badgers over offers from Kent State, Lehigh, Santa Clara and Yale, among others, joins Riley Dearring and Bronson Koenig in the current class. All three are projected to play in the backcourt.

Wisconsin could have as many as two scholarships remaining in 2013.

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