Malcolm Hill drawing Hoosiers’ interest

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Though their primary emphases for 2013 are clearly point guards and big men, the Hoosiers have still shown a lot of interest in a shooting guard in that class. Malcolm Hill doesn’t have a scholarship offer yet, but the 6-foot-5, 190-pounder from Belleville (Ill.) East High School has had Indiana coaches at each of his games at Kentucky Hoopfest.

Though the Hoosiers appear set with wing guards, Hill still has the kind of talent worth following regardless. Rated No. 35 overall in the Class of 2013, Hill is tough to catch up with in transition, difficult to contain on the dribble drive, and tough to slow down when he’s feeling it from behind the arc.

“He’s deceptively quick,” said Patrick Smith, Hill’s coach with the Southwest Illinois Jets. “He’s hard to guard. He has a pretty good crossover move, good first step. He’s just a good scorer. He can finish with the floater. He can get to the glass. He shoots off the dribble extremely well.”

But even though he’s a natural shooting guard, Smith said Hill can use that skills to play the point at times.

“He could probably play the one,” Smith said. “If a coach really wants to develop him to play the one, he can play the one.”

Hill said he has scholarship offers from Illinois, Kansas State, Missouri and Southern Illinois. He also has interest from DePaul, Ohio State, Providence, Tennessee and Xavier.