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Bleacher Report names Malcolm Hill one of the top seniors in college basketball

Good morning. Welcome to the Orange Minute for Wednesday, June 15.

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Illinois guard/forward Malcolm Hill is returning to Champaign for his senior season, and he'll be on a short list of players that have First Team All-Big Ten potential. But where does the Fighting Illini star sit nationally? Although the team's performance has prevented Hill from gaining much exposure, Bleacher Report has labeled the 6-foot-6 wing as the No. 11 overall senior in college basketball.

Hill averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game last year while shooting 43.6% from the field. Only three other players (Ben Simmons, Denzel Valentine, and Thomas Walkup) managed to achieve those numbers. If that production continues to hold steady this Winter, he'll pass Dee Brown as the program's No. 3 all-time scorer.

Illinois Fighting Illini News

Illinois' season-opener against Murray State scheduled for 2:30pm CT (TCR)

The Big Ten announced more start times earlier this week, and the Fighting Illini will have at least six afternoon games this Fall. That's a welcome change from the constant 11:00am games.

Four-star WR Camron Buckley gets an Illinois offer (TCR)

Lovie Smith and the Fighting Illini offered scholarships to three Texas natives on Monday. Buckley and his teammates seemed pretty excited about the news on Twitter.

Illinois announces 2015-16 Athlete of the Year nominees (Fighting Illini Athletics)

Meet the nine finalists for the 2016 University of Illinois Dike Eddleman Male Athlete of the Year Award. The group was honored at the annual All-Sports Celebration on April 25 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Urbana.

Junior Cody Sedlock (Sherrard, Ill.), Baseball
Junior Malcolm Hill (Fairview Heights, Ill.), Basketball
Junior Dylan Lafond (Manchester, N.H.), Cross Country
Senior Clayton Fejedelem (Lemont, Ill.), Football
Senior Charlie Danielson (Osceola, Wis.), Golf
Sophomore Brandon Ngai (Sacramento, Calif.), Gymnastics
Sophomore Aleks Vukic (Sydney, Australia), Tennis
Sophomore Jonathan Wells (Fox Lake, Ill.), Track & Field
Sophomore Isaiah Martinez (Lemoore, Calif.), Wrestling