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Hill signs with Battling Bishops

By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on May 17, 2010 1:46 PM

DUDLEY -- Rashadd Hill always knew that he wanted to play basketball at the collegiate level.

During his senior season at Southern Wayne, it became apparent that his dream would come true as suitors came calling for Hill's services. The talented swing man will continue his career at Division III North Carolina Wesleyan .

"I went up there and saw the campus, and I met some of the guys from the team," said Hill. "It just felt like a good fit because I think I can get better as a player and become a big part of what they are trying to accomplish."

Spending three years under the watchful eye of Russell Stephens, Hill was groomed to play multiple positions. After playing forward for the Saints, Hill will play either shooting guard or the number three guard for the Battling Bishops.

Stephens is confident that Hill will adapt quickly.

"Rashadd is a hard worker and he's a guy that gives 100 percent every single game," said Stephens. "There were several times this season where I would move him to the wing and let him take a bigger, slower guy off the dribble and he showed a lot of ability."

Hill plans to develop stronger ball-handling skills this summer.

"I have to work on my handle because I am going to be asked to dribble a lot more," Hill said. "Right now I am taking about 500 shots a day and working on ball handling and lifting weights so it's a work in progress."

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Hill has the physical attributes to compete for minutes right away, a challenge that he is looking forward to in the fall.

"That's one big reason why I think Rashadd made a good choice by picking Wesleyan," said Stephens. "I like to see guys put themselves in positions where they can succeed, and I think he will be able to play and play well at that level."

Hill will be joining a Bishops squad that won USA South Conference championship a year ago. He'll join Princeton point guard David Gurganus who also signed with the NCWC program.

"Coach (John) Thompson has done a good job of recruiting talented players and bringing in guys from the area," said Hill. "I can't wait to see how I fit in to the team on the floor."

Hill plans to major in physical education and pursue a career in sports medicine.