Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Whitman's Jimmy Hill Makes All-Conference Basketball Team

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Jimmy Hill, a Whitman College senior co-captain and one of the top 3-point shooters in the nation, has earned Honorable Mention recognition on the Northwest Conference (NWC) men's basketball team.

Hill, a 6-foot-4 guard, led the NWC in total 3-point baskets with 86, an average of 3.6 for 24 games. That was the fifth-best mark nationally in NCAA Division III. He came within four 3-point baskets of tying the Whitman school record for most 3-pointers in a season.

A two-year starter at Whitman, Hill averaged 15.3 points per game as a senior, second on the team and the fifth-best mark in the conference. He also averaged 5.3 assists, the second-best average in the NWC, and 4.2 rebounds.

"Jimmy obviously had an outstanding year," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. "Not only did he score and shoot the ball with accuracy from the 3-point line (42.2 percent), he led us in assists and steals while averaging over four rebounds a game from point guard spot."

Season highlights for Hill included his game-winning 3-point basket in the closing second against Willamette University, a team that later won the NWC's post-season tournament. He finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the victory over Willamette.

In Whitman's overtime loss to Lewis & Clark College, the regular season conference champion, Hill erupted for a season-high 30 points, making eight of 12 3-point attempts while grabbing seven rebounds and handing out six assists.

Hill also earned a spot on the all-tourney team at the Occidental College Round Robin Tournament in December. In two games, Hill scored 32 points, making 11 of 22 field goal attempts, including seven of 14 3-point shots. He also had 12 assists and nine rebounds.

Now that his basketball season is over, Hill returns to his role as a starting right- handed pitcher on the Whitman baseball team. Last spring, Hill earned Whitman's Most Valuable Pitcher award.

Hill, a 1996 graduate of Kittitas (Wash.) High School, came to Whitman after playing two seasons at Yakima Valley Community College. A mathematics major at Whitman, Hill is the son of Karen and John Hill of Ellensburg, Wash.


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, 509 527-5902