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KELLOGG ON HILL: "Matt Hill's been great,and he's given us everything he can every day. He's a 6'7", long athletic kid who can play a little bit inside and some outside. He's shooting the ball much better. His attitude's been fantastic, he's a kid that you love to have around your program, and I'm excited to see what he can bring to the table in the real game setting."
AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR IN 2010-11: Game-By-Game Statistics Played an increased role in fourth season, averaged 9.5 minutes in 26 games with 0.8 points and 1.4 rebounds. On Senior Night, started for the first time in his career, hit a 3-pointer vs. Temple (3/2) in three minutes. Second-best scoring game of the season with four points in win over Saint Joseph's (2/23). Missed game at Rhode Island (2/19) as his girlfriend Courtney gave birth to the couple's son Camden on Feb. 18. Made fourth-career 3-pointer against George Washington (2/13), playing 13 minutes. Tremendous defense vs. St. Bonaventure's (1/26) Andrew Nicholson in win on road for final 16 minutes of game. Blocked career-high four shots in just 11 minutes vs. Boston University (12/31). Led UMass in rebounds with a career-high six boards in 19 minutes in win at Quinnipiac (12/1). Four rebounds and an monster blocked shot vs. AIC (11/24) in 12 minutes. Career-high six points in career-best 20 minutes with great effort in win over Sacred Heart (11/17). Called an MVP of the game by Coach Kellogg after playing career-best 14 minutes and giving great hustle in comeback win over Rider (11/12). Grabbed three rebounds in second half rally from 22 down to win by 11.
AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE IN 2009-10: Played in 24 games, averaging 0.5 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in 6.9 minutes of action. Grabbed four rebounds at Dayton (2/27) in 10 minutes.
Canned first 3-pointer of season and grabbed career-high five rebounds vs. Sa
int Joseph's (2/14). Meaningful playing time in 11 minutes at Saint Joseph's (1/27). Made all four free throws for career-high four points. Saw action vs. La Salle (1/10), grabbed career-high tying four rebounds, all in the first half in eight minutes. Saw action for a career-high 12 minutes at Holy Cross (12/5), but didn't score, did grab two rebounds. Best game of career came vs. Quinnipiac (12/2) with career-high four points along with two rebounds in nine minutes. Returned to action in opener at UCF (11/13), played one minute after missing most of 2008-09 season with an Achilles tear that forced him into a redshirt season. Played nine minutes and grabbed four rebounds vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith (11/21) in Legends Classic.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2008-09: Suffered season-ending torn Achilles in loss at #13 Memphis (11/17) after playing 10 minutes. Played in first three games off the bench seeing more action in each game than all of last season total. Played career-high nine minutes at Southern Illinois (11/12). Nailed a 3-pointer in eight minutes of action in season opener vs. Arkansas-Monticello (11/11).
S A FRESHMAN 2007-08: Played in five games for total of eight minutes ... Scored first UMass points on a 3-pointer against CCSU (12/22) ... Hit a basket against La Salle (3/5) ... Also played against Northern Illinois (11/10), Marist (12/8) and at Syracuse (3/25) in the NIT Quarterfinals.
BEFORE UMASS: Played a prep year of basketball at Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire for coach Marcus O'Neil ... Played high school ball at Cheshire Academy and AAU play with the Connecticut Basketball Club for coach J.R. Hargraves ... Played in the New England Elite 75 Showcase ... Named Team MVP as a senior and team's Most Improved Player as a junior ... Averaged 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as a senior ... Also completed on the track and field team.
PERSONAL: Matthew Rashaan Hill ... Born on April 13, 1988 in Middletown, Conn. ... Son of Kimberly Peterson and Matthew Hill ... Brother of Kalen (14) ... Son Camden born Feb. 18, 2011... Undeclared major.
HILL'S CAREER STATISTICS
SINGLE-GAME HIGHS: Points: 6, Sacred Heart -- 11/17/10 Rebounds: 6, at Quinnipiac -- 12/01/10 Assists: 1, Rider -- 11/12/10 ; American Internation -- 11/24/10 ; at Quinnipiac -- 12/01/10 Steals: 4, Holy Cross -- 11/27/10 Blocks: 1, 6 times FG made: 2, Sacred Heart -- 11/17/10 FG attempts: 4, Saint Joseph's -- 02/14/10 ; Sacred Heart -- 11/17/10 3FG made: 1, Saint Joseph's -- 02/14/10 ; vs Arkansas-Monticello -- 11-11-08 3FG attempts: 3, Charlotte -- 01/30/10 FT made: 4, at Saint Joseph's -- 01/27/10 FT attempts: 4, at Saint Joseph's -- 01/27/10
A FEW MINUTES WITH MATT
Full name: Matthew Rashaan Hill
Favorite Musical Artist: Jay-Z Favorite Sports Movie: Love and Basketball Favorite TV Show: Martin Best Sporting Event Ever Attended: Our second game against Syracuse Favorite Athletes: Carmelo Anthony Pro Sports Team I Would Like to Play For: Lakers Childhood Idol: My father Team I'd Like to See Added to the Schedule: UConn Best Player I Ever Faced: My mother Best Player I Ever Played With: Matt Glass Toughest Place I Ever Played: Vanderbilt Magazine Cover I'd Like to Be On: GQ Most Famous Person Ever Met: Michael Jordan Person I'd Like to Have Dinner With: My Grandfather My Most Prized Possession: My phone Place I'd Like to Visit: Puerto Rico Best Part About Living in Amherst: My teammates My First Memory of Basketball: My first dunk I Wear My Jersey Number Because: That's the amount of buckets I get Who Had the Greatest Impact on My Life: Mother Pre-Game Rituals: Pray Best Advice From a Coach: Just Play My Best Non-Athletic Talent: Drawing Most People Don't Know This But: I'm a gift from God If I Had $1 Billion Dollars I Would: Try to spend it, as fast as possible