Seemingly all too often, there’s a case of, “Yes, he’s a great player, but …”
Aquinas’ Ahmed Hill didn’t want that.
The Fighting Irish boys basketball player transferred from Peach County to Aquinas prior to his sophomore season, with academics the factor. He wanted help from Aquinas’ strong academic reputation so there would be nothing that held him back from going to a big-time college basketball program. With the switch, Hill’s GPA has risen, and his play on the court has made him one of the nation’s top recruits for the 2014 class and The Augusta Chronicle’s Georgia Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
The Irish won the Region 7-A title and advanced to the Georgia High School Association Class A private state semifinals behind Hill.
“I knew I was going to get recruited by major programs, so I wanted to get up here and get my grades up,” Hill said. “I came here, and now it’s great. My GPA improved tremendously and I get all the help I need. It’s a great school to be at.”
Working with Michael Scott, his teammate for AAU basketball, Hill has helped build up Aquinas’ name in the game.
Hill, a junior who averaged around 30 points and double-digit rebounds, already has more than 2,000 career points.
He has college offers from Kansas, Indiana, Connecticut, and others.
Hill plans on deciding by November where he’ll play in college. However, he’s not setting a strict deadline.
More importantly, Hill still has another year at Aquinas. He has another year to excite the crowd with dunks after a quick first step or to fire off consecutive 3-pointers.
This season, Hill finally won the region title that eluded him. While at Peach County as a freshman, Hill missed a layup late and his team lost in overtime. His sophomore season, Aquinas lost by two points to Wilkinson County.
This year, the Irish beat Wilkinson County for the region title before they ended up in the state semifinals.
“It’s been pretty good. A lot of people don’t count on us,” Hill said. “We’ve gained a lot of respect. My team, we got over the hump.”