A busy summer on the AAU circuit for Kasey Hill saw the 6-0, 5-star point guard from the class of 2013 raise his stock all the way to the number two spot at his position for hi national recruiting class. According to Hill, his biggest asset and what scouts are seeing out of him is his ability to just play the game like it is going in slow motion around him.
“The summer went good, my recruitment went very well,” Hill said by phone this week. “I just tried to get out there as much as I could and do my thing. I don’t get rattled with the ball and I am real calm and laid back. I can get to the basket and create for my teammates.”
It is his cool demeanor that sets him apart as he just strikes quickly but calmly on the court.
“I am just a laid back kid,” he said trying to explain his calm approach. “I just think it comes along with my court presence. I really can’t explain it.”
His Montverde team should be a powerhouse this season. Hill along with Florida commitment Michael Frazier, 2012 center prospect Landry Nnoko, and 2013 small forward Chris Davenport who is also drawing big time reviews, will be a foursome to be reckoned with.
“Landry and I played together last year,” Hill said. “Landry is good, he’s a big that can run the lane, block shots, he has good hands, a great rebounder, and he’s tough.
“Chris Davenport, he plays the three for our school. He’s from Atlanta and been here since last year. I know he has several offers.”
After a rough season and with bringing in sharp shooter Frazier, Hill is feeling good about his team’s prospects this season.
“Definitely, we should be pretty good next year,” he said. “We have a good chance of making it (far in the playoffs).“
As his stock has risen, so has the amount of time and energy he spends on the recruiting process. He seems to be alright with it for now.
“It hasn’t been crazy,” he said. “I’m getting attention from these teams that I always dreamed about and glad I might have a chance to play at some day.”
An admitted North Carolina Tarheel fan growing up, Hill surprisingly doesn’t have them on his list of seven favorites at the moment.
“I have narrowed it down a little bit,” he said. “I narrowed it down to USF, Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, Missouri, N.C. State, and Florida State.”
Hill talked about the programs he is considering.
NCSU – “I feel like they let their guards play. They are an up and down team and they get after it on both ends offensively and defensively.”
Mizzou – “They let their guards play and they push the ball in transition. That is my style.”
Kentucky – “I feel like they are the same way and they have a great coach, in Coach Calipari. He puts guys in the NBA.”
Louisville – “All the schools that I am naming fit my style of play and they run up and down and play and I like that.”
USF – “I feel like I have a great relationship with Coach Stan Heath. I have known him since I was in about sixth grade when his son and I were on the same AAU team together. He would never recruit me. We just always talk about different things. We have built a great relationship and I trust him so much.”
Florida State – “I like their style as well. They play up and down and let the guards play. I also have a good relationship with assistant coach Stan Jones. I also think Leonard Hamilton will turn that program around and that is pretty big.
The Florida Gators are the seventh team on the list and there is no mistaken what draws Hill to the Gators. Head Coach Billy Donovan will be a Hall of famer one day and Hill likes all the intangibles that Donovan brings to the table as a coach.
“Billy Donovan is known as a great coach and has the titles,” Hill said. “He has been there a long time and put a bunch of guys in the NBA.
“Coach Donovan, he is just a great coach. He just wins and has a winning tradition. I have had a few conversations with him. It is definitely big that he played point guard and especially that he played some in the NBA. He can teach me so many things having played the position.
“I can see myself playing the style at Florida.
“Coach Matt McCall is recruiting me (at Florida), he is my guy. We have bonded very well and are always on the same page.”
The rumors have been out there about Hill making a decision sometime soon, but he scoffed at the notion and wants to take his time and play through his junior season before making that final call sometime in his senior year.
“I am going to wait until my senior year to make my decision,” he said.
And so, the wait begins.