Malcolm Hill (basketball)

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Malcolm Hill
No. 15 – Telekom Baskets Bonn
Position Shooting guard
League Basketball Bundesliga
Champions League
Personal information
Born (1995-10-26) October 26, 1995 (age 22)
St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Belleville East (Belleville, Illinois)
College Illinois (2013–2017)
NBA draft 2017 / Undrafted
Playing career 2017–present
Career history
2017 Star Hotshots
2017–present Telekom Baskets Bonn
Career highlights and awards

Malcolm Hill (born October 26, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for Telekom Baskets Bonn of the German Basketball Bundesliga. Hill was a four–year starter for Illinois and finished his college career as the third all–time leading scorer in career points in Illinois basketball history.

High school career[edit]

Following his junior season in which he averaged 23.8 points and shot 44% from three-point range, Hill verbally committed to Illinois and former head coach Bruce Weber on September 12, 2011.[1] Prior to verbally committing, Hill listed Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Providence, UCLA, Xavier, and Wisconsin as the other schools he had considered.[2]

During his senior season, Hill broke his previous single season scoring mark he set during his junior season increasing his scoring total from 666 points to 708 total points.[3] He averaged 25.3 points, 6.1 rebounds 2.3 steals and 1.9 blocks during his final year at Belleville, and also finished in third place for Mr. Illinois Basketball voting, finishing behind Simeon's Jabari Parker and Whitney Young's Jahlil Okafor.[4]

After head coach John Groce was hired on March 29, 2012, Hill reaffirmed his verbal commitment to Illinois, and officially signed his National Letter of Intent on November 14, 2012.[5][6]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Malcolm Hill
Belleville, Illinois Belleville East (Illinois) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sep 12, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN grade: 86
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 72, 17 (SG)   Rivals: 62, 13 (SG)  ESPN: 66, 16 (SG)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

Hill made his first start, along with fellow freshman Kendrick Nunn, for the Fighting Illini on February 9, 2014, against Penn State, scoring 11 points and helping the team end an 8-game losing streak.[7][8] On January 7, 2015, Hill scored a career-high 28 points as a sophomore to lead the Fighting Illini to a win at home against 11th-ranked Maryland when Illinois' leading scorer Rayvonte Rice was sidelined with a broken hand.[9][10] As a junior, Hill was named one of ten finalists for the 2016 Jerry West Award which is awarded by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the best collegiate shooting guard in the United States.[11] In a double-overtime loss to Penn State at the end of the 2015–16 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season, Hill set another career high scoring 39 points. Hill's 39 points were the most since Brandon Paul scored 43 points against Ohio State in 2012 and the seventh most points scored by an Illini player in program history.[12] Following his junior season, Hill became the only Illinois basketball player to record 600 points, 200 rebounds and 100 assists in a single season.[13] On Nov. 13, 2016, Hill bested that career mark with 40 points in a 79-64 victory over Northern Kentucky.[14] Following his senior season, Hill was invited to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which is held annually in Portsmouth, Virginia to showcase college basketball's best seniors.

College statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
2013–14 Illinois 35 12 14.1 38.3 34.1 77.0 2.4 0.7 0.3 0.1 4.4
2014–15 Illinois 33 32 30.6 44.3 38.9 78.1 4.8 1.3 0.8 0.2 14.4
2015–16 Illinois 34 34 35.1 43.6 31.4 82.1 6.6 3.3 1.2 0.4 18.1
2016–17 Illinois 35 35 33.3 43.4 35.5 78.4 5.1 2.9 1.2 0.4 17.2

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft, Hill signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder to play for their team in the Orlando Summer League.[15]

In July 2017, Hill signed a contract with the Star Hotshots of the Philippine Basketball Association as their import for the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup.[16][17] Hill averaged 26 ppg, 11.7 rpg and 3 apg while with the Hotshots. In September 2017, Hill signed with the Telekom Baskets Bonn of the German Basketball Bundesliga.[18]

International career[edit]

In June 2015, Hill was among the 22 players who earned an invitation to the training camp for the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men's Basketball team at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Competition took place July 21–25 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, however Hill was not selected for the final roster.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Hill moved with his family to a nearby Metro East suburb Belleville, Illinois when he was four years old. Up until fifth grade, Hill also played soccer and baseball, but chose to focus on basketball. Hill's father, Malcolm, played NCAA Division II basketball for UMSL Tritons during the early 1990s.[21]

During the summer of 2012, Hill was diagnosed with Thoracic outlet syndrome, and underwent surgery to repair the blood clot in his upper right arm. Hill took several months to recover from the operation, however he made a full recovery.[21]


  1. ^ Latsch, Nate (March 30, 2013). "Boys basketball player of the year: Malcolm Hill, Belleville East". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Burkhardt, Dylan (June 14, 2011). "2013 Q&A: Wing Guard Malcolm Hill". Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Malcolm Hill Profile". University of Illinois DIA. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ Helfgot, Mike (March 30, 2013). "Mr. Basketball of Illinois 2013, Simeon's Jabari Parker". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Klee, Paul (June 16, 2012). "Klee's Corner On Malcolm Hill, Maverick Morgan and recruiting changes". News-Gazette. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Groce Lands Highly Regarded Quintet in First Recruiting Class". University of Illinois DIA. November 14, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Shannon (2014-02-10). "Freshman starters Kendrick Nunn, Malcolm Hill energize Illinois: Groce plans to stick with new lineup after ending eight-game skid at Penn State". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Nunn's 2nd half lifts Illinois past Penn St. 60-55". ESPN. 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  9. ^ Mercer, David (2015-01-08). "Hill leads Illinois to 64-57 upset over No. 11 Maryland". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  10. ^ Ryan, Shannon (2015-11-12). "Illinois leaning on Malcolm Hill to step into leadership role". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  11. ^ Mattioli, Kami (February 2, 2016). "HoopHall announces 2016 finalists for Jerry West Award". Sporting News. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ Duber, Vinnie (March 6, 2016). "Malcolm Hill scores 39, but Illini fall to Penn State in double overtime". CSN Chicago. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
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  15. ^ Richey, Scott. "Hill will suit up for Thunder". Champaign News-Gazette. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  16. ^ Wilhelm, David. "Malcolm Hill signs contract with Philippine basketball team". Belleville News-Democrat. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  17. ^ Sacamos, Karlo (24 July 2017). "Star makes immediate import change in Malcolm Hill to replace Cinmeon Bowers". Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  18. ^ Schmidt-Scheuber, Miles. "The Telekom Baskets Bonn Complete Roster With Malcolm Hill". Retrieved October 24, 2017. 
  19. ^ "22 Players Confirmed For U.S. Pan American Games Team Training Camp". USA Basketball. June 29, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  20. ^ "HILL SELECTED FOR U.S. PAN AMERICAN TEAM TRAINING CAMP". University of Illinois DIA. June 29, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "Hill looks ahead to playing at Illinois". Comcast SportsNet Chicago. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 

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