With the close of the basketball season last month, many senior players shifted their focus to picking one college out of a handful of offers. Meantime, C.J. Hill was simply trying to get noticed.
The Westfield senior guard had seen his lone offer from Adelphi vanish after his potential slot at the Division II program was taken by another player. In turn, Hill decided to get back on the AAU circuit with Virginia Elite and see what might come from the first couple tournaments.
The decision, and his impressive play thereafter, paid off, as Hill garnered an offer from Northeastern, which he accepted on Wednesday during an official visit to the Boston-based campus.
“I thought I would end up at a D-3 school or maybe go to a prep school for a year. But my mom kept pushing me and I showed out at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest and then at the Philly Jam Fest a week later, and Northeastern offered,” Hill said. “After checking out the campus, I committed on the spot.”
Hill’s performance at the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia tournaments also led to an offer from St. Frances (Pa.) as well as interest from Loyola and Hofstra. But Hill was ultimately drawn in by the opportunity to play for a mid-major program that fell one victory short of an NCAA Tournament berth this past season.
“After getting the offer, I just felt a sense of gratitude,” Hill said. “To go from having a D-2 offer to having no offers and then now going to play for a mid-major, I’m extremely excited.”
The 6-foot-2 guard averaged a team-high 15 points for Westfield this past winter. Hill possesses quickness off the dribble, a developing jump shot and strong court awareness in finding the open man. His length and athleticism also help him lock down opponents on the defensive end.
“The first year, I probably won’t get as much playing time as I did in high school” Hill said,” but I definitely expect to make an impact as a role player until they ask me to do something different. I’m just ready to get out there.”
In related Virginia Elite news, junior forward Paul Rowley, who averaged a team-high 16.6 points for Loudoun Valley last season, received offers from George Mason and Lafayette this week, per VA Elite director Thomas Gadson.
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