4 Things to Know About Bulls’ 10-Day Signer Malcolm Hill Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Chicago Bulls see orange.
That’s a light lesson from Friday’s announcement that the team is signing former University of Illinois standout Malcolm Hill to a 10-day contract.
Here are four things to know about the 6-foot-6 shooter:
1. It’s a product of Illinois High School
Hill, 26, was born in St. Louis, but when he was four he moved to Belleville, Illinois with his family. There he enjoyed a decorated high school career in Belleville East.
As a senior at Belleville East, Hill averaged 25 points and finished third in Illinois’ Mr. Basketball voting in 2013. That year, Simeon’s Jabari Parker earned the honor for second consecutive season.
A four-star recruit (70th nationally, 22nd among shooting guards), Hill originally committed to Illinois under Bruce Weber, and remained so even after Weber was fired and replaced by John Groce in March. 2012.
2. He was a star scorer in Champaign
Hill spent four years at the University of Illinois and became an outstanding scorer. He averaged 13.5 points for his four seasons, 18.1 as a junior and 17.2 as a senior.
By the time he left Champaign following the 2016-17 season, Hill was the third-highest scorer in program history, a position he holds to this day. Hill’s 1,846 career points trail only Deon Thomas (2,129) and Kiwane Garris (1,948).
(And no, Hill didn’t ride Ayo Dosunmu. Dosunmu’s first season was in 2018-19).
3. His professional career has had many setbacks
After being undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft and joining the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Summer League that year, Hill embarked on a fleeting international career.
In the summer of 2017, he signed for a brief stint with the Star Hotshots of the Philippine Basketball Association, then in September signed with Telekom Baskets Bonn of Germany for the 2017-18 season. After a run with the Utah Jazz in the 2018 Summer League, Hill spent the 2018-19 season with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg (Germany), the 2019-20 season with BC Astana (Kazakhstan) and 2020-21 with Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel). .
In October 2021, Hill signed a training camp deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, but was canceled before the start of the season. He then appeared in 14 games for Birmingham Squadron, the Pelicans’ G League affiliate, averaging 16.8 points and shooting 40.2 percent from 3-point range.
4. He made his NBA debut on Christmas Day 2021
Hill’s long-awaited NBA debut came on December 25, 2021 on a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks. He was left scoreless in two minutes.
But in his third and final game with the Hawks, Hill shone. Funny enough, that game was against the Bulls at the United Center. On January 29, Hill scored 13 points and made three of five 3-pointers in a Bulls 14-point victory.
Now, with Alex Caruso (protocols), Javonte Green, Patrick Williams and Derrick Jones Jr. sidelined, he gets another NBA shot in Chicago.
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