UT-Arlington Guard Johnny Hill Commits to Purdue

Former UT-Arlington guard Johnny Hill will graduate and transfer to Purdue, providing Matt Painter with another solid option at guard for the Boilermakers.
Former UT-Arlington guard Johnny Hill will graduate and transfer to Purdue, providing Matt Painter with another solid option at guard for the Boilermakers.

As is the case more often than not in real life, when things start to go right, good things keep on coming. That’s the situation that the Purdue Boilermakers currently find themselves in.

Good things keep on coming for Matt Painter and the Boilermakers.

Last week, it was announced that five-star recruit Caleb Swanigan de-committed from Michigan State, thus reopening the recruiting process for his services. Immediately after his decision, it was rumoured that Purdue was a front-runner to land the big man’s services.

Earlier this offseason, A.J. Hammons opted to return for his senior season, giving Purdue one of the conference’s best big men in the process.

On Sunday afternoon, the good news continued to roll in for the Boilermakers. As per ESPN, former UT-Arlington guard Johnny Hill has committed to play for Painter and the Boilermakers for the remainder of his NCAA career.

The addition of Hill to the Boilermakers’ system gives them another strong option at the guard position.

The transfer for Hill to Purdue marks the second time in his NCAA career that he has transferred. He began his collegiate career at Illinois State in 2012-13, before transferring to UT-Arlington and sitting out the 2013-14 season due to transfer regulations.

With the transfer to Purdue, Hill will be eligible to play right away in 2015-16, as he is graduating from UT-Arlington. For the Mavericks in 2014-15, the 6’3” guard averaged 9.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per contests.

Hill missed the last four games of the 2014-15 season.

Purdue loses senior Jon Octeus from last year’s squad, but the addition of Hill should allow for the Boilermakers to keep on pushing in the Big Ten. Before the addition of Hill, Purdue was widely considered as a top contender in the conference. Now that they have added the journeyman guard, only time will tell just how competitive this edition of the Boilermakers will be come conference play in the 2015-16 season.

– T.B.

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