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House of ‘Paign Throwback Thursday: Malcolm Hill

Which Malcolm Hill memory is your favorite?

NCAA Basketball: Illinois vs VCU
Malcolm Hill finished behind only Kiwane Garris and Deon Thomas on Illinois’ all-time points list.
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Malcolm Hill suited up for Illinois from 2013-2017 (does anyone else feel like 2017 was FOREVER ago?!) and was one of the few bright spots of the largely-foregettable John Groce era. The Belleville native ranks third on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,846 points) and is the only Illini ever to record multiple 600-point seasons.

The 6-foot-6 swingman will be taking part in this summer’s The Basketball Tournament alongside other recent alumni — Leron Black, Nnanna Egwu, Andres Feliz, Michael Finke, Rayvonte Rice — and a big time blast from the past. And since it’s #ThrowbackThursday, let’s revisit some of Malcolm Hill’s finest moments.

Hill scored 30 points to lead the Fighting Illini to an upset victory over then-20th-ranked Purdue at State Farm Center in January 2016.

Hill began his senior campaign with a 21-point effort against Southeast Missouri, and followed that up with a career-best 40 points in the Illini’s home win over Northern Kentucky.

One of Illinois’ most inspired performances of Hill’s career came on Senior Night 2017, when he led the Illini in scoring en route to a 73-70 upset of Michigan State.

Hill poured 29 points — including 6 triples — in his final game, an NIT Quarterfinal loss to Central Florida.

Malcolm’s tenure in Champaign may not have been the most fruitful in terms of total victories, but the Illini went 4-for-4 in the annual Braggin’ Rights series against the Missouri Tigers. That’s a pretty big deal ‘round these parts. Check out the video below if you don’t believe me.

It’s a shame that Hill — one of the most consistent and productive players in Illinois history — never got the opportunity to compete in an NCAA Tournament. But helping his Illini brethren claim a $2 million check wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on Hill, The House of ‘Paign and The Tournament, which is scheduled to get underway in July. Keep following TCR for more coverage.