George Jesse Hill, Jr. is a professional basketball player from the United States of America who plays as a point guard. Hill idolized Michael Jordan in his early days and looked to emulate him in the NBA.
Hill went to the Broad Ripple High School where he quickly became one of the topmost players in the state. Hill also played as a goalie on the school soccer team and won all-state honours. However, his big moment was when he led the state with a senior season average of 36.2 points per game, the fifth highest in the history of the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Hill went to the Indiana University – Purdue University where he led the Jaguars to a tie for the best conference record in just his sophomore year. An injury forced him into a red-shirt situation in this junior year and the following year, Hill came back to take the Jaguars to 26 wins as well as the Summit League Tournament finals where they lost to Oral Roberts University. However, Hill was named as the Summit League Player of the Year despite failing to lead his team to the NCAA tournament.
Hill played at Indiana University-Purdue University for just three seasons and the Jaguars enjoyed a 61-30 record during that time.In 2008, Hill decided to forego his final year of eligibility at the college level and decided to declare for the 2008 NBA Draft. The fifth-highest all-time leading scorer for his college, Hill was only the second player, from IU-PU, to have declared before the end of their college eligibility.
Hill appeared and worked out with numerous NBA teams and became one of the main headline grabbers. Despite being projected as a second round draft, the San Antonio Spurs decided to pick him at 26th overall, to become only the second first-round draft pick to come out of the Summit League.
Hill’s Spurs’ adventure began with the 2008 Summer League at Las Vegas. Hill struggled at this, his first venture onto a court as part of an NBA team. He finished with an average of 8.0 points per game with 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the three games he played.
He then played for the Utah Revue where he led the team with 12.9 points per game; however, his shooting was still poor at 21.4% only, from behind the arc.
Hill’s NBA debut came against the Dallas Mavericks in just the third game of the season, primarily due to an ankle-injury keeping him out of game 1 and 2. A back-up to Tony Parker, Hill got very little playing time until Parker’s injury early in the season. Hill stepped up to the plate and played his role to perfection, helping Tim Duncan keep the Spurs ahead despite no Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker in their lineup. His rookie season ended at 5.7 points per game with 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.