|Hill shoots his way to WAC honor|
DENVER – After sinking 13 3-pointers in two games, Idaho junior Connor Hill was recognized with Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week honors on Monday.
Hill shot 68.4 percent from 3-point range, going 13-for-19 in a pair of Vandal road victories that lifted Idaho to the No. 5 seed in the upcoming WAC tournament.
“Connor shot the ball extremely well this week,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “Shooting 68 percent from 3, an unbelievable performance and obviously deserving of the WAC Player of the Week. He’s obviously on a roll going into the tournament.”
The Post Falls, Idaho, native went 7-for-9 from 3 and 9-for-11 overall in Idaho’s 79-76 win at Chicago State on Mar. 6, netting 27 points and adding a career-high three steals. Two days later he went 6-of-10 from deep and scored 24 points in Idaho’s 87-80 win at Kansas City.
Hill averaged 25.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game, shooting 65.4 percent from the field overall. His 13 3-pointers give him 95 for the season, just four shy of Idaho’s single-season record. With 229 career 3-pointers, Hill is easily the program’s career leader in that category.
“Anytime anybody gets that hot from beyond the arc it helps your offense, no question about it, it’s obviously a big help,” Verlin said.
The honor is the second of the season for Hill and the seventh for an Idaho player, as senior Stephen Madison has racked up five.