The Chicago Bulls are seeing orange.
That’s a lighthearted takeaway from Friday’s announcement that the team is signing former University of Illinois standout Malcolm Hill to a 10-day contract.
Here are four things to know about the 6-foot-6 guard/forward:
1. He’s an Illinois high school product
Hill, 26, was born in St. Louis, but when he was four years old moved to Belleville, Ill. with his family. There, he enjoyed a decorated high school career at Belleville East.
As a senior at Belleville East, Hill averaged 25 points and finished third in the 2013 Illinois Mr. Basketball voting. That year, Simeon’s Jabari Parker won the honor for the second straight season.
A four-star recruit (70th nationally, 22nd among shooting guards), Hill originally committed to Illinois under Bruce Weber, and remained so even after Weber was fired and replaced by John Groce in March 2012.
2. He was a star scorer in Champaign
Hill stayed all four years at the University of Illinois and blossomed into a standout scorer. He averaged 13.5 points for his four seasons, 18.1 as a junior and 17.2 as a senior, and was named to the All-Big Ten second team in 2016 and 2017.
By the time he left Champaign after the 2016-17 season, Hill was the third-leading scorer in program history, a position he holds to this day. Hill’s 1,846 career points trail only Deon Thomas (2,129) and Kiwane Garris (1,948).
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