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#51 Steven Hill
Position: Center
Height: 7'0"
Weight: 248
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Branson, Mo.
High School: Branson HS
Experience: 1 Letter
# 51 Steven Hill
Courtesy: Razorback Media Relations
Release: 10/15/2007

2007-08 Preview:

    Last year’s Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, he enters his final season 11th on the SEC’s career blocked shots list with 244. He is third on Arkansas’ chart. Hill has finished second in the SEC in blocks each of his first three years. He will again patrol the middle for the Hogs and should be heavily involved offensively.



    Hill earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors after improving his sophomore averages of 3.0 points and 3.5 rebounds to 6.2 points and 4.4 rebounds, finishing second in the SEC in blocked shots (2.8), shooting 64.1 percent from the field (93-145) and adding 1.1 steals per game. He was better in SEC play, averaging 7.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and leading the league with 3.13 blocked shots while shooting 66.2 percent (47-71).

    His 93 shots made and 218 points scored doubled his career totals entering the season (73 and 67, respectively).

    He recorded 99 rejections as a junior after making 91 blocks as a sophomore, becoming the first Hog to get 90 or more in more than one season. His .641 field goal percentage was the best for a Razorback (with 100 or more attempts) since Oliver Miller led the nation with a .704 mark in 1991 (254-361).

    In 16 home games, he averaged 7.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 blocks while shooting 71.3 percent from the field (57-80). In seven games against ranked teams, he averaged 8.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks while shooting 61.9 percent.

    In the season-opener against Southeast Missouri (11/10), he blocked seven shots and added four points and three rebounds. He had seven blocked shots in the second game against Stephen F. Austin (11/18) along with a then-career high 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

    In the Old Spice Classic championship game win over West Virginia (11/26), he had eight points on 4-of-4 shooting, four rebounds and two blocked shots.

    In the win over Central Michigan (12/5), he had 10 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. He was 3-of-4 from the floor and 4-of-6 at the line. In the next game against Oakland (12/14), he was 5-of-5 from the field and had 11 points with two steals. The back-to-back double-figure scoring games were the first of his career.

    He led the team with six rebounds against Louisiana Tech (12/30) while scoring seven points on 3-of-4 shooting. He was solid against Tulsa (1/2), finishing with eight points, five rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals.

    He had four points, five rebounds and four blocked shots in the win over No. 8 Alabama (1/6). In the loss at No. 2 Florida (1/9), Hill had five points on 2-of-2 shooting, two rebounds and three blocked shots. Hill was solid at Ole Miss (1/13) with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting, three blocked shots and a team-high six rebounds.

    Against Georgia (1/17), he was 6-of-6 shooting, to improve to 12-of-12 over his previous three games, and finished with a then-career high 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. In the win over No. 16 LSU (1/20), he set a career scoring high for a second straight game with 16 points. He made 8-of-10 shots, and added seven rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and two steals.

    Hill had game highs of 16 rebounds and four blocked shots, and a team-high two steals to go with eight points in the win at No. 12 Alabama (1/27).

    Against No. 24 Kentucky (2/3), he had 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and a game-high four steals. Hill was solid in the win over Auburn (2/7), going 4-of-4 from the floor and finishing with eight points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

    Hill injured a hamstring at the end of the Auburn game and played at LSU (2/10), but was not 100 percent. He played 24 minutes off the bench, and had two points, two rebounds and four blocked shots.

    At Mississippi State (2/14), he was 1-of-3 from the floor but 4-of-5 at the line, finishing with six points, and game highs of eight rebounds and five blocked shots. In the win over Ole Miss (2/17), he tied for team rebounding honors with seven, and had four points and three blocked shots.

    In the SEC Tournament opener against South Carolina (3/8), he made 3-of-5 shots and was 2-of-2 at the line for eight points, and had a team-high 10 rebounds. In the semifinal against Mississippi State (3/10), he had six points, six rebounds and five blocked shots.

    Hill had six points, four rebounds and two blocked shots against Southern California (3/16) in the NCAA Tournament.



    Hill averaged 3.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots for the year. He finished second in the SEC in blocked shots for the second straight year. He shot 47.3 percent from the floor (44-93) and 47.4 percent (9-19) at the line. All of his numbers were better in the SEC - 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.9 blocked shots, a .511 field goal percentage and a.571 free throw percentage. 

    A member of the SEC’s Academic Honor Roll, his total of 91 blocked shots was then the second-best single-season total in school history. His total set a new school record for sophomores, topping the previous mark of 85 set by Oliver Miller in 1991. Miller holds the school season record with 112 in 1992.

    In 15 games against post-season tournament teams, he averaged 3.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots. He averaged 4.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in January while shooting .567 from the floor (17-30).

    Hill had several big games defensively. He had eight points, three rebounds and one blocked shot while holding No. 3 Connecticut’s (11/21) Josh Boone to 2-of-4 shooting; 10 points, six rebounds, two blocked shots, one assist and one steal while limiting Mississippi State’s (1/7) Wesley Morgan to 1-of-2 shooting; four points, three boards and six rejections while holding LSU’s (1/11) Glen Davis to 5-of-19 shooting; four points, six rebounds and three blocks while holding Vanderbilt’s (1/14) Ted Skuchas to 0-of-2 shooting; six points, six rebounds and seven blocks while limiting Alabama’s (1/18) Jermareo Davidson to 6-of-18 shooting; and six points, two rebounds and five blocks while holding Ole Miss’ (1/25) Dwayne Curtis to 4-of-12 shooting. In the NCAA Tournament against Bucknell, he held 6-11 center Chris McNaughton to six points and four rebounds on 2-of-6 shooting while forcing four turnovers. McNaughton entered the game averaging 12.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. Hill had six points, four boards and four blocks.

    Hill got in foul trouble in the opener against Portland State (11/18), but was 3-of-6 from the floor, finishing with six points and four rebounds.

    In the win over Kansas (11/22) in the Maui Invitational, he had two points, four rebounds and two blocked shots, including a rejection of a three-point attempt with one second left.

    Against Southern Mississippi (11/30), he had four points on 2-of-2 shooting, four rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals.

    In the win over Texas State (12/6), he tied the school record and set a Bud Walton Arena record with 10 blocked shots. He just missed his first double-double by finishing with nine rebounds. He was also 3-of-4 from the floor for six points.

    In the next game against Missouri State (12/15), he had six blocked shots along with three points and four rebounds. Hill had eight blocked shots, four rebounds, two steals and two points against Texas-Pan American (12/30), giving him 23 blocked shots in his three previous games in Bud Walton Arena.

    Against Alabama (2/21), he had five points, three rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists. He altered an Alabama shot in the lane in the final seconds, helping Arkansas hold on for the win.

    In the SEC Tournament against No. 16 Florida (3/10), his two blocked shots gave him the UA sophomore record, topping Oliver Miller’s total of 85 in 1990.



    He started 18 of 30 games as a true freshman and finished second in the SEC with 1.8 blocked shots per game while adding 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. He made 50.9 percent of his shots (29-57). In conference play, his percentage improved to 57.1 (8-14), but he averaged just 1.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shot. He started five SEC games. Over the last 20 games, his shooting percentage was .583 (14-24) and his free throw percentage was .571 (8-14).

    Hill’s 54 blocked shots are the second-most ever for an Arkansas freshman. Oliver Miller had 60 in 1989. Hill’s total and average were the most for a Razorback since Nick Davis in 1998 (80, 2.42). 

    He led the team in rebounding twice (6 vs. Eastern Michigan 11/22 & 5 vs. Tulsa 11/30).

    He had four blocked shots in each of his first two games - Winthrop (11/19) and Troy (11/21) - and two against Eastern Michigan (11/22) in the Paradise Jam championship game to tie the tournament record of 10 set by Dimari Thompkins of Virginia Tech in 2002. He also led the team with six rebounds against EMU while adding two points, helping UA win the tournament title.

    In the win over Tulsa (11/30), he had nine points, five rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals. Against No. 3 Illinois (12/4), he scored just one point but had four rebounds and six blocked shots. In the win at Missouri (12/7), he blocked four shots, and also had two points and two rebounds. Against Prairie View (12/18), he had 10 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots.

    Against Hartford (12/23), he had six points, six rebounds, four steals and a blocked shot. He had five blocked shots against Alabama (1/11). Hill was 2-of-2 from the floor and the line for six points along with two rebounds and a steal in the win over Georgia (2/9).


In High School:

    A Nike All-American after being rated one of the top 20 players at the Nike Camp, he was rated the No. 7 center in the nation and the No. 33 overall prospect by TheInsidersHoops.com. A two-time all-state selection, he averaged 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocked shots as a senior. Listed as the best high school shot blocker in the country by Bob Gibbons’ All-Star Sports, he broke the blocked shot record at the USA Basketball Sports Festival at Colorado Springs, Colo., during the summer of 2003 competing against 50 of the top players in the nation.



    Born Nov. 14, 1985, in Chanute, Kan., he is the son of Troy and the late Penny Hill. He is majoring in business.




Points:                      16, LSU (1/20)

FG Attempts:           10, LSU (1/20)

FG Made:                  8, LSU (1/20)

3 Pt FGA:                 0

3 Pt FGM:                0

FT Attempts:           6, CMU (12/5), Aub (2/21)

FT Made:                 4, CMU (12/5), MSU (12/14), Aub (2/21)

Off. Rebounds:         5, Ala (1/27), MSU (3/10)

Def. Rebounds:        11, Ala (1/27)

Total Rebounds:      16, Ala (1/27)

Assists:                    3, LSU (1/20)

Steals:                      4, Ky (2/3)

Blocks:                    7, SEMO (11/10), SFA (11/18)

Minutes:                  36, Ala (1/27)



Points:                     16, LSU (1/20/07)

FG Attempts:           11, PVAM (12/18/04)

FG Made:                  8, LSU (1/20/07)

3 Pt FGA:                 0

3 Pt FGM:                0

FT Attempts:           6, CMU (12/5), Aub (2/21)

FT Made:                 4, MSU (12/14/07), CMU (12/5/06), Aub (2/21)

Off. Rebounds:         5, MSU (3/10/07), Ala (1/27/07)

Def. Rebounds:        11, Ala (1/27/07)

Total Rebounds:      16, Ala (1/27/07)

Assists:                    3, LSU (1/20/07)

Steals:                      4, Ky (2/3/07), Hartford (12/23/04)

Blocks:                    10, TSU (12/6/05)

Minutes:                  36, Ala (1/27/07)


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