TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Solomon Hill arrived at Arizona as a chubby freshman with a questionable jump shot and not a lot of defense.
He'll leave as one of the most versatile players in the program's history, a leader who worked himself into position for a shot at the NBA.
A 6-foot-7 senior, Hill will play his final home game for the 18th-ranked Wildcats Saturday against Arizona State.
Hill has gotten better every year in the desert, raising his scoring average from 6.7 points per game as a freshman to 13.6 this season. He's also developed a reliable shot from the perimeter, hitting 38 percent from the 3-point arc, and has slimmed down to an agile 220 pounds.
Hill also will graduate in four years, setting him up regardless of whether he plays professionally.
He is one of five seniors that will be honored after Saturday's home finale. Kevin Parrom also came in with Hill as a part of Miller's 1st recruiting class. Walk-on Max Wiepking has been apart of the program for Miller's four-year run and Quentin Crawford has spent two seasons as a walk-on at Arizona.
Mark Lyons took advantage of the graduate transfer rule to play his fifth season of eligibility with the Wildcats and has been one of the program's most important players averaging a team-high 15 points per game.
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David Kelly contributed to this story.
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