June 29, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Former Providence College center Herbert Hill (Kinston, N.C.) was selected in the second round (55th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz on Thursday, June 28. Hill is the third Friar ever drafted by Utah as Friar greats Billy Donovan was taken in the third round in 1987 and Eric Murdock was selected in the first round in 1991. Hill, a 6-foot-10-inch, 240-pound force, becomes the third Friar selected in the NBA Draft in the last four years as Marcus Douthit (second round, 56th selection) and Ryan Gomes (second round, 50th selection) were drafted in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Providence, which has a rich history in the draft, including the distinct honor of having the only No. 1 pick ever from a New England school (Jimmy Walker, 1967), now has had 39 players selected in the NBA Draft.
Hill, who used his first season in Providence as a redshirt year and did not compete in any games, had a career marked by continual improvement as a Friar. In his first season of competition, he played in 11 games, scoring 11 points and grabbing eight rebounds in 2004. In 2005, Hill played in 30 games and averaged 4.8 ppg and 3.4 rpg. As a junior, he started 16 of the 27 games he played and averaged 9.0 ppg and 4.8 rpg.
In his final year as a Friar, Hill had a very impressive season. He led the Friars in scoring (18.1 ppg), was second in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and recorded 14 double-doubles. He joined Eric Murdock and Ryan Gomes as just the third Friar ever to lead the BIG EAST in scoring as he averaged 19.9 ppg in league action. He shot 240-375 from the field and finished with a 64.0 field goals percentage, which is the third highest single season average ever at Providence College. He was named BIG EAST Most Improved Player and also received First Team All-BIG EAST honors. He is the first Friar ever to be named the league's Most Improved Player. In addition to the BIG EAST accolades, Hill also was named First Team USBWA All-District I, First Team NABC All-District I and Rhode Island Division I Player of the Year. Hill was named BIG EAST Player of the Week twice in 2007. Hill finished his career ranked fourth all-time at PC in blocked shots with 189.