Christopher Hanewickel-US PRESSWIRE
Florida commit Kasey Hill scored 46 points in a semifinal win over Dream Vision early Sunday morning, so it would be understandable if he didn't have the energy, the stamina, the vigor to dominate the championship game of the Adidas Invitational.
After a slow start that featured some turnovers and jumpers clanking off the front iron, Hill put together what would be considered a great performance for most players -- 28 points, five assists and five rebounds -- to lead Florida Elite over New Heights (NY) to win the Adidas Invitational.
Kasey Hill scored 72 points today in the semifinals and finals of the adidas Invitational. Dude can fill it up. #Gators— Thomas Goldkamp (@Goldkamp247) July 15, 2012
Hill didn't stand alone, though. He received help on the offensive end from Demarcus Croaker (No. 139 in the Rivals150), who contributed 21 points. 7-footer Joel Embiid anchored the defense with nine rebounds and five blocks. Embiid doesn't have any offers at this time, but his stock continues to soar, and being on the Florida
Rams Elite means the Gators will at least keep an eye on him.
Following the game, Florida freshman shooting guard Dillon Graham, who played alongside Kasey Hill on the Florida Rams, had an interesting tweet.
Obviously, Chris Walker has yet to commit to Florida, at least publicly. But Walker himself retweeted Graham's tweet. This tweet could have some substance, it could mean nothing. But Graham would definitely be someone I'd consider to be knowledgeable of Walker's situation.
And while Graham may have revealed which way Walker is leaning, this isn't much of a revelation. Walker has been high on Florida for some time because of his relationship with Billy Donovan and his desire to play alongside Hill in college. As long as Florida has Hill in the fold, then UF will have a great shot at landing Walker. So I wouldn't take Graham's tweet as a guarantee that Walker ends up in the Orange and Blue, but it should give us an idea of which way he's leaning.
Hill and Walker make it look easy on the basketball court. Hill can break the defense down like no other, and Walker is the beneficiary, getting alley-oops, open jumpers and easy lay-ins. Walker doesn't need Hill to be a great player, but Hill can make him better, which is an insane thought.
Here's what Corey Albertson of Rivals.com had to say about Hill:
Hill was spectacular again for his Florida Elite team, which rolled over opponents on its way to a final four berth on Sunday. Simply on another level when compared to any other 2013 point guard at the event, Hill was able to produce highlight play after highlight play on Saturday. Whether it was scoring around the rim acrobatically, throwing a dunk in transition, pulling up for a jumper off of a high ballscreen, or hitting the deep set shot, Hill was able to score in a variety of ways. The Florida commit is still the best as a passer, where he can pick out who he wants to get a layup and then throw pinpoint passes. Heading into the last day, the five-star guard is looking like the tournament MVP.
Hill was named tournament MVP, and Billy Donovan was there to see it.