Hill Earns Most-Improved Team Honor
March 6, 2013
ST. LOUIS - Illinois State sophomore guard Johnny Hill was one of five Missouri Valley Conference players named to the league's most-improved team Wednesday, as voted on by the Valley's newspaper beat writers. Hill's award comes a day after Jackie Carmichael was a first-team and all-defensive team selection, and Tyler Brown was a second-team honoree.
Hill has played in 31 games, including 24 starts, after playing in just 28 with no starts last season. This year, he is averaging 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 25.0 minutes per game, compared to 2.0 points, 1.0 rebound and 0.5 assists in 7.4 minutes per game last season (an increase of 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.2 steals and 17.6 minutes).
Hill has scored in double-figures 10 times, after only accomplishing that feat once last year, and he has collected seven or more rebounds seven times this year compared to no times last season. The Glendale Heights, Ill., native is the only Redbird this season to collect 10 assists in a game (versus Western Michigan, Dec. 8). He earned career highs with 24 points and nine rebounds against Drake (Jan. 12), and he has led the team this year in scoring twice, rebounding once, assists eight times and steals 11 times.
Hill is shooting 50.9 percent from the field compared to 48.6 percent last year. He is also shooting 76.8 percent at the free throw line, contrasted with 64.0 percent, and he ranks ninth in the league with a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Hill and the Redbirds enter the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3-seeded Northern Iowa in the last quarterfinal match-up Friday at 8:35 p.m., at the Scottrade Center. Tickets are available by calling (309) 438-8000.