Hard work pays off for Hill, Arizona
by Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY Sports
TUCSON — After more than three years of rebuilding, Arizona is poised to challenge for a national championship.
These Wildcats have size, depth and talent. Among the most important players is senior Solomon Hill, an elder statesman who provides coach Sean Miller with leadership and versatility.
Two seasons ago Hill watched All-American Derrick Williams carry the Wildcats to the brink of the Final Four. But last season Hill watched as Arizona suffered through an adversity-laden season that culminated in a first-round loss in the National Invitation Tournament.
Now Hill is grounded with a college career’s worth of perspective. USA TODAY Sports’ Eric Prisbell caught up with him.
On my iPod
Anything by Young Jeezy.
DVD I can’t live without
What’s my major?
Study of the American Experience.
Why did I choose it?
It fits my schedule. I wanted to be a history major, but I couldn’t take a few of the classes I needed to graduate because of our travel schedule.
Biggest surprise upon beginning my career at Arizona
How much work we had to do when I got here. You always assume that success just happens, but there was a lot of hard work that needed to be done.
My “welcome to college basketball” moment
When UA strength coach Chris Rounds took my first body fat measurement as a freshman.
What I like most about playing at Arizona
Our fan base is awesome.
Favorite college basketball arena (other than Arizona’s)
Galen Center (home of Southern California) in Los Angeles. My high school graduation was held there.
If I could change one rule in the game, it would be …
Either defensive three seconds or make the basketballs uniform throughout the game.
Current basketball player I admire most
Former basketball player I admire most
If I weren’t a basketball player, I’d probably be …
A football player.
What fans don’t know about me
I only watch two channels on cable (ESPN and Cartoon Network).
What it was like playing with one-time phenom Renardo Sidney at Fairfax High in Los Angeles
You tell a kid he is going to be a top-five pick but can’t play in college basketball (because of a suspension) … He had been told he was going to be an NBA player … [For more on Hard work pays off for Solomon Hill, Arizona Wildcats, click here.]