Florida Gators sophomore point guard Kasey Hill has not had it easy during the early stages of his college basketball career.
A five-star prospect who was supposed to be firmly seated behind a senior during his freshman campaign, Hill was thrust into a starting role early (due to a Scottie Wilbekin suspension) and just as quickly pushed out of action (due to injury). Things actually started out well for Hill in those four games as he shot nearly .500 from the field and averaged 10 points, four assists and two steals per contest.
When Hill returned, the lightning-fast floor general was underwhelming and missed another two-week period, this time in February, due to injury. He came back even better then he began the season, hitting more than half of his shots while averaging six points, three dimes and 1.5 swipes per game, while playing fewer minutes in a reserve role.
But Hill did not play well in Florida’s last four games of the 2014 NCAA Tournament and opened the 2014-15 season equally as shaky.
Through the Gators’ first three games this season, he went 3-for-24 (.125) with 13 points (seven from the free throw line), 13 assists and eight turnovers.
Hill was neither living up to his hype, nor his potential, and head coach Billy Donovan understood exactly why.