Malcolm Hill Named to All-Big Ten 2nd Team


Champaign, Ill. (via Illinois Athletics) -The Big Ten All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced Monday. Illinois guard Malcolm Hill (Fairview Heights, Ill./Belleville East H.S.) earned second-team All-Big Ten honors by both the league coaches and media. Hill has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments in his junior season with the Fighting Illini:

•    One of 10 finalists for Jerry West Award (nation's top shooting guard)
•    One of only two Big Ten players to lead his team in scoring, rebounding and assists
•    Third in Big Ten in scoring, averaging 18.6 points
•    Highest scoring average by an Illini player in the last 13 years
•    Scored in double figures in 29 of 31 games, with 16 performances of 20+ points and four of 30+ points
•    Averaging 20.0 points over the last 15 contests, with nine games of 20+ points during this stretch
•    Career-high 39 points in final regular season game at Penn State (March 6), tying the seventh-highest scoring performance in Illini history
•    Ninth in Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 6.6 boards
•    Eight games with double-figure rebounds, led by career-high 14 boards at Rutgers (Feb. 3)
•    Third-best defensive rebounder in the conference, averaging 5.4 rpg
•    Seven double-doubles on the season
•    Fifth in Big Ten in free throw shooting at 82.4 percent
•    Leads league and ranks 19th in the NCAA with 182 made free throws
•    Second in the conference with 221 free throw attempts
•    14th in Big Ten in assists with average of 3.3 per game, after entering year with career average of 1.0 apg
•    Third in league in minutes played at 35.6 mpg
•    Big Ten Co-Player of the Week (Dec. 21)
•    Emerald Coast Classic All-Tournament Team (Nov. 27-28)
•    Has played and defended all five positions over the course of the season

Junior center Maverick Morgan (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro H.S.) also was recognized by the conference office as Illinois' Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

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