Wayne Hill left Walbrook two years ago as a 5-foot-7 freshman. When Hill returned to Baltimore last fall after a year in North Carolina, Forest Park coach Greate White was struck by a fairly obvious change in the combo guard’s appearance.
“He was 5-7 when he left and he came back 6-4,” said White, who coached Hill on Walbrook’s junior varsity during the 2009-10 season. “I recognized him, but I was like, ‘Wow, he has grown.’ Once he got on the court, you could tell his game had grown and matured also. His game is with his size. He plays like he’s 6-4.”
Hill’s homecoming was a boon to White’s Foresters squad. The junior was an integral part of a Forest Park team that finished 18-4 and ended the 2011-12 season as The Sun’s No. 13 team.
“It just made me a better player,” Hill said of his junior season at Forest Park.
Hill averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists as a junior. White said that Hill proved to him that he’s a “definite DI prospect.”
“He played combo for me, handled the ball a lot,” White said. “At the Division I level, he’s most definitely a point guard.”
White said that Hill has received interest from Cleveland State, Florida Gulf Coast and Saint Peter’s. Playing for Team Melo this spring and summer should draw more looks for Hill, who’s got a familiar backcourt partner on the AAU circuit in Foresters teammate Rysheed Corbin.
“We already got chemistry, so we know how to play with each other,” Hill said. “It’s going real good. We got a good team.”
Hill said he’s looking to study chemistry in college and hopes to become a pharmacist one day. His goal this summer is to “get a couple offers.” Is Hill confident that will happen?
“Yes,” he said. “Because I’m a very versatile player.”