What's it like to compete against LeBron James and Kevin Durant? I have no idea, but Illinois' Malcolm Hill is about to find out next week in Los Angeles. The senior wing has been invited to participate in the 2016 Nike Basketball Academy alongside some of the nation's premier collegiate and high school talent. The event will take place from July 25-27.
Congrats to @Malcolmillini21 who has been selected to compete in the Nike Basketball Academy, July 25-27. #Illini pic.twitter.com/o5ajfzMvM1— Illini Basketball (@IlliniMBB) July 22, 2016
Nike's top NBA stars (i.e. James, Durant, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving) will be in attendance to offer guidance to the campers. Additionally, participants will go through a professional basketball combine, off-court workouts, drills, film sessions, and 5-on-5 competition as part of the experience.
"The Academy is a truly premium experience bringing together the greatest at all levels of the game and allowing our professional athletes to serve as instructors and mentors to the next generation."
~ Carlton DeBose, Director of Nike's Elite Youth 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.