April 8, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Jordan Hill has decided to make himself eligible for the 2009 NBA Draft. Hill has signed with an agent and will not return to the program in 2009-10.
Hill, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound, junior forward from Atlanta, Ga., averaged 18.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game in 34 appearances this year. He shot 53.7 percent (252-of-469) from the field and led the Pac-10 with 20 double-doubles. Hill scored in double figures a team-leading 33 times in 2008-09, including a high of 30 on Jan. 24 vs. Houston, and posted 21 double-figure rebounding games with a high of 22 on Nov. 18 vs. UAB. He had 14 20-point and six 15-rebound games to his credit this season.
Hill received third-team All-American honors from The Sporting News and was an honorable mention All-American pick by the Associated Press. He earned first-team all-Pac-10 and Pac-10 all-Defensive team honors in addition to all-district honors by the USBWA and NABC. Additionally, Hill was among 24 players on the final ballot for the John R. Wooden Award.
He posted season bests in nearly every statistical category as a junior, including minutes played (1,213), field goals (252), field goal attempts (469), free throws (117), free throw attempts (179), rebounds (375), rebounding average (11.0 rpg), assists (50), blocked shots (58), steals (30), points scored (621) and scoring average. Hill is the first Arizona player to average double figures in both points and rebounds in the same season since Larry Demic accomplished the feat in 1978-79 (19.3 ppg/10.3 rpg).
"I just want to thank the fans of Tucson, my coaches and my teammates for all of their support," said Hill. "Playing at Arizona has been a great experience and puts me in the position to move to the next level. It's always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA."
In three seasons at Arizona, Hill averaged 12.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game in 97 career appearances (79 starts). He connected on 57.8 percent of his field goal attempts (494-of-855) in that span, a figure that ranks fifth on the UA career field goal percentage list.
Hill finished his career with 1,208 career points, which ranks 27th on the UA career scoring list with 89 percent of that output coming in the last two seasons (15.8 ppg). He also ranks sixth on the Arizona career blocked shots list with 140 and 10th on the career rebounds list with 763. Furthermore, Hill set a UA single-season record for rebounds (375) in 2008-09, while ranking fifth in field goals, tied for sixth in rebound average, ninth in blocked shots and eighth in minutes played.
He is one of 13 Wildcats to declare early for the NBA Draft since 1984: Brian Williams (1991), Mike Bibby (1998), Gilbert Arenas (2001), Jason Gardner (2001), Richard Jefferson (2001), Michael Wright (2001), Andre Iguodala (2004), Chris Rodgers (2005), Mustafa Shakur (2006), Marcus Williams (2007), Jerryd Bayless (2008) and Chase Budinger (2008 and 2009). Of that list, only Gardner, Rodgers and Shakur returned to school and completed their eligibility.
The 2009 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.