A most significant part of his decision to attend Tech was Deivon Smith’s decision to transfer to Tech from Mississippi State. The two are close friends.
“People wonder, why did he walk on?” Bouye said. “I’m a witness. He turned down about five or six schools. To be honest, I was kind of upset, but you’ve got to let a kid be happy. I was like, man, he can play in the ACC at Boston College.”
Hill, who was a solid student at Tucker, is expected to receive aid from the HOPE scholarship, but that will not cover all of his expenses. It would not be a surprise if he were to earn an athletic scholarship later on, given the potential he demonstrated as a three-star prospect at Tucker and with Bouye’s successful AAU team, A.J. Bouye Elite.
“I think he’s going to be good down the road,” Pastner said.
Bouye, who has coached Hill since he was in seventh grade, has grander expectations.
“Real athletic kid,” he said. “The kid can be a pro if he puts his mind to it. He’s 6-7, can handle the rock, jump. He can score. He needs to work on his 3. He’s a gym rat.”
Hill is part of an impressive group of arrivals at Tech, including Smith and freshman guards Dallan “Deebo” Coleman, Miles Kelly and Jalon Moore.
“I’m not worried it’ll work,” Bouye said. “The kid’s going to work hard to play.”