Marcus E. Hill at Minnesota State University- Mankato
The end of the NBA Lockout brings more than just news of their season beginning, it also opens doors for some of the countries greatest basketball players to settle into an NBA or an NBA minor League team. One such athlete walking through that door, is point guard Marcus E. Hill from Brookylyn Park, MN.
After being a 6th round draft pick, the MSU-Mankato standout was regretfully cut from the Springfield Armor, the New Jersey Nets minor league team, at the end of training camp; they only had room to select 10 players out of the 15 they invited down before their season opener on November 25th.
Hill was sent home thinking that his opportunity with Springfield was over, but little did he know, the end of the lockout would become his ticket.
With the lockout over, the Springfield Armor had a spot open up on their team. Having stayed on the mind of Coach Bob MacKinnon and General Manager Milton Lee, Hill was called back immediately and officially signed to the Armor on Friday, December 2, 2011 as their newest Point Guard.
At 5’6, and considerably one of the smallest in stature amongst players in both the NBA and the NBA D-League, Hill proves that it’s not the size of the player, but rather what that player does when they have a ball in their hand. On a basketball court, Hill has been known to be a force to reckon with. With his David vs. Goliath approach, he uses mental prowess mixed with elite basketball skills, to bring down any opponent for victorious results.
Hills attributes are clearly evident; he’s one man out of hundreds of hopefuls who were selected to play on a professional basketball team in the NBA D-League. “He is just an irritating defense player. He gets under people and he’s strong enough to hold his position.” Coach MacKinnon told the Republican Newspaper about Marcus E. Hill during training camp. Having only missed a few games so far in the season, Hill will be in Springfield early next week to show the world what he’s made of as the Armor go up against the Maine Red Claws at the Mass Mutual Center on Thursday December, 8th.