Profile: Kasey Hill
Published: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 6:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 9:29 p.m.
KASEY HILL • G • FRESHMAN
Kasey Hill arrived on Florida's campus this summer with plenty of accolades.
Weight: 181 pounds
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A McDonald's All-American, Hill has been compared to former Kentucky point guards John Wall and Rajon Rondo because of his quickness and athletic ability. Not many 6-foot-1 point guards are capable of playing above the rim. But Hill is a high-wire act whose leaping ability belies his slight frame.
More than anything. Hill said his goal as a freshman is to fit in with his teammates.
“I'm an unselfish, humble dude,” Hill said. “I'm caring. I think all three of those things are things my teammates can feed off of. That was the main thing I wanted to do. I try to act as normal as possible. I don't think I'm better than anyone else.”
Hill will need to contribute right away at point guard with returning UF starter Scottie Wilbekin suspended to start the season for violation of team rules. So far, Florida coach Billy Donovan has been pleased with how well Hill is picking things up in practice. But Donovan has been even more impressed with Hill's humility and how he has endeared himself to his teammates.
“He's earned their trust,” Donovan said. “I think he's earned their respect, he's worked really hard. He's worked hard off the court with those guys. The guys on our team really, really like him. That's the best thing. When you're a point guard and you can have a support group around you as a freshman of guys that want to see you succeed and do well, that helps.”
The Gators will need Hill to score at times to make up for the offensive punch lost by departed seniors Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario. But Hill has matured enough through his high school career to know the balance between creating his own shot and keeping his teammates involved. On a star-laden team at Montverde Academy as a high school senior, Hill averaged 13.5 points and six assists per game.
“I've already seen guys rallying around him,” said Florida sophomore guard Michael Frazier II, who played with Hill at Montverde during the 2011-12 season. “I've tried to take him under my wing a little bit and show him the ropes because I know he's going to be thrown right into the fire. He needs to be ready.”