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Basketball Writer Tells Story of Darius Hill '13 for Dec. 10th


Story of Growth and Success

By Ryan James

Minneapolis Henry's Darius Hill: A Story of Growth and Success

When a lot of people outside of AAU basketball speak of the spring and summer time programs they can be quite vicious with their words. Success stories aren’t always something they talk about.

Northstar Hoops Report would like to take today to talk about a player that we thought changed his game for the better through AAU basketball and the Minnesota Pump N Run.

Last winter Minneapolis Patrick Henry junior Darius Hill averaged 25.6 points per game, a very impressive number. The flashes of talent were obvious but in viewings at the Best Buy Holiday Classic there were parts of his game that could be a turn off. Sure he scored a ton but defense and hustle weren’t always a part of his game.

Fast forward to July, Las Vegas, Adidas Super 64. There was Darius deep in a stance on the main court of Ranch High School playing in front of numerous college coaches from around the nation staying disciplined and defending some of the best in the nation.

Points? Darius scored his share but that’s not what drove this young man. Darius had learned that his size, frame, athletic ability, and other parts of his game could be a major defensive presence. And he bought in to it.

From around New Year’s Day to last July there was a transformation in his game. Darius has showed he can score and we’re betting we see 30 plus this season. But Darius also showed that he can defend and play tough with the best of them. It was a transformation that was great to see.

See here we are still four days away from Henry’s first game. The Patriots play Washington Tech in game one next Tuesday. Does Darius still have work to do with his game? Of Course but who doesn’t. Darius is just excited about the opportunities to come.

“Our team is looking good after the first couple weeks of practice,” Hill explained. “Looking sharp for our team so far is Jacarius Ford, Johvan Jefferson, Deandre Ship, Jamar Boone, and Derrick Burkhulter.

“This year I’m looking forward to playing Hopkins, Robbinsdale Cooper, Minnetonka, and Washburn over the next couple months. I’m also looking forward to playing in sections.”

As usual Henry has a tough non-conference schedule that will battle test them for Section AAA play, which has that monster DeLaSalle. The Islanders don’t scare Darius as he’s setting his goals high.

“Our goals this winter are making each other better, become better individuals, work hard and have fun, become a family, make it to state and winning the city conference championship,” Hill listed.

The Minneapolis City Conference title. Washburn is likely to be the biggest competition and those games are scheduled for Friday January 11th and Thursday February 14th (yes, Valentine’s Day). Who will be there? I would bet college coaches as Darius is getting a fair amount of attention.

“I’m being looked at by Sioux Falls, Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota State-Mankato, Valley City, and Minnesota-Crookston,” Hill explained.

In addition to college basketball, football is there too. Darius was named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune All Metro Team after a fall that saw him catch 62 balls for 1,132 yards and seven touchdowns. Darius also led his team in tackles (51) and interceptions (four).

Hill has the talent to play at those schools and others place as well. Want to bet against him? I wouldn’t. The Patrick Henry Patriot has shown he has it in him to adapt and change for the better.