6’7″, 226 lbs., Small Forward, Senior, University of Arizona, 22 years old
13.4 points, 45.8% field goal, 39% three point, 76.6% free throw, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists
Solomon Hill is a very interesting prospect. He doesn’t particularly have a strength, but in the same regard, he doesn’t particularly have a weakness. At 6’7, Hill will likely be seen as a small forward in the NBA, despite spending lots of time in the paint while at Arizona. Despite that, he did focus on his perimeter shooting. His 3-point shooting improved from 22.2% his freshman year to a far more respectable 39% last season. His versatility should transfer well into the NBA. Hill’s ability to grab a rebound and then push the pace will make him highly attractive to teams.
Hill has deceptive explosion and ability to attack the rim. He lost some weight going into his senior season and, as a result, become a quicker, more explosive perimeter player. His pure size and strength will make him stick out to scouts. Hill has a moderate 6’9 wingspan, but still possesses a 37.5″ vertical and benched 185 pounds 14 times. His 10.77 agility time ranked relatively high on the list of scouts who participated in the combine.
Well, Hill doesn’t have any particular strength, just like I said. If you think his shooting is his best strength, then it can be pointed out how bad he was prior to last year. If you think he’s explosive, then you can point to the fact that he has played on the perimeter only one year. He’s a good rebounder? Well he’s a 6’7 tweener who will be undersized as a four, yet may lack the ability to be a solid perimeter offensive threat.
It’s also unsure whether Hill could keep up with bigger, quicker, stronger, and faster forwards in the league. Physically, he has the build of a power forward in a small forward’s body. Making the transition is something NBA teams are going to have to help him along with.
Where he fits on the Lakers
The Lakers were without a true small forward threat to back up Metta World Peace. Both Kobe Bryant and Earl Clark split time as the back-up, but it clearly took a toll on Bryant’s body, and Clark wasn’t effective in long stretches. Hill could step in and alleviate some of the minutes forced on Kobe last year. Hill would have a defined role on the Lakers and one that he could excel in. He wouldn’t be asked to do too much on a talented squad.
Jacob Rude – Hill might be my favorite prospect yet. One of the Lakers’ biggest weaknesses was the lack of depth at the small forward position last season. Hill has a similar build and play-style to MWP offensively that he could improve upon. If Hill is available when the Lakers are on the clock, I say they take him over anyone else.
Caleb Cottrell – The Lakers desperately need some athleticism and outside shooting. If Hill can shoot 37 percent from three, and play some defense, he could be exactly what the Lakers want with their pick. As I said in my DeShaun Thomas draft profile, I think he could come in and play some minutes off the bench right away. I’m in.