Chris Hill is a 25 year old 203cm forward that recently played in South America with La Salle-UPB Cochabamba (Bolivia-Libobasquet). He started his basketball career with De Paul (NCAA) playing 12 games and averaging 15ppg, 6rpg, 2spg, 3bpg, FGP: 52%, 3PT: 42%. He then played at SW Missis.CC (JUCO): 29 games: 29ppg, 10rpg, 3apg, 1spg, 4bpg, FGP: 55%, 3PT: 41%, FT: 74%. As a professional he also has played in the minor leagues in the States with teams like South Carolina Warriors (ABA): 29 games: 24ppg, 9rpg, 5apg, FGP: 65%, 3PT: 43%, FT: 78%, Johnston County Nighthawks (TRBL): 7 games: 29.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 64.2%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 80.4%, and Cary Invasion (TRBL): 18 games: 20ppg, 6rpg, 3apg, 3bpg, FGP: 72%, 3PT: 100%. The American spoke to German Hoops recently about the Amerileague scandal and his basketball career.
Chris thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how was your workout session today?
I’m in North Carolina right now just got back from training with one of the best in business out in LA Keion Kindred from Clc basketball but here now working with few trainers I worked out with in high school and also spending time with my kids!!!
You were telling me a few days ago how excited you were about your chances of playing in a new league called the Amerileague. Today it came out that the whole league is a fraud. How crushed are you?
Yes I was very excited and was ready for the competition that was in the newly found league with ex NBA players. It would’ve been a boost for my game to test against players that most of us seen playing at the top level even though I play a lot of my friends during the summer that’s at that level already! Crushed wouldn’t be the word for the information I found out I would say more of a back to the drawing board type of situation mentally for me. I’ve been promised a lot before with this game I love and sometimes things don’t go the way you expect them to. I just learned to persevere and grow!!
Apparently the founder of the league Cerruti Brown doesn´t exist and in reality it was ex Mcdonalds All American Glendon Alexander who is known as a con artist. This story is just so unbelievable but apparently true. If you could you would probably want to give him your piece of mind.
I’m not judge-mental but I would just ask him his reasons behind everything most of the time media can just say one bad thing about someone and it becomes true in the world we live in because of the bright lights that’s supporting the topic and a lot of the doubters and people who didn’t believe in you from the start to add bits and pieces!! Personally life and fame changes people and we don’t know his reasons so focusing on his past issues and the negative stuff we tend to forget no one is perfect and people can’t change over night !!
The league had some very well known players lined up with former NBA #1 draft pick Royce White as well as David Harrison, Henry Walker, Hassan Adams, Terrence Williams, Antoine Wright, Al Thornton, Josh Selby and Dajuan Wagner. How excited were you about having this chance to continue your career?
I’ve played against some of those guys and more in various summer pro ams drew league, Seattle pro am ,Nc pro am etc I love it I thrive in those situations playing against someone that can possibly push me to another level I grew up an underdog it was either Eat or be eaten alive !!
Please explain a little what experience you had with the Amerileague the last weeks? How did you get involved and apparently players were supposed to get their first pay check this Sunday and today was a draft in Las Vegas.
I received a call from a coach that was informed of the situation and he had already informed the league about me and it would’ve been a chance to clear my name in the states from some tumors and actually prove myself I’ve had stints overseas but most of the lower level leagues I’ve played well at aren’t heard of because they aren’t the top level or the top players are where we dream to be!!!
Today I heard about some agents warning their clients not to get involved. Did you not sense something might be foul or here from other people to watch your step?
I’ve learned over years don’t put all your eggs in one basket. I wasn’t even going to get my hopes up. I was going to pray and go on about my day as if I was working to get to where I want to be with basketball and everyone I believe will have questions about something great or new why not look at how now a days high school kids are praised because of potential but then again think to yourself where are the facts where is the proof. You can’t find that until actions are done !!!
You had an offer from German Pro A BV Chemnitz and they signed American Greg Logins who plays your position. Does knowing this put a strain on you mentally or will you keep pushing now harder to find a new team?
Yes it was a solid opportunity and it could’ve been my best move at that time but I chose to take a risk that could’ve actually lead to another opportunity I had a plan in place after those 3 months the Amerileague offered!! Now it’s back to the drawing board and being positive and patient and playing in Europe would’ve gained me a lot of alley ways going forward but now I ´ll sit and pray and continue working out!!!
What lessons have you learned about this awful experience with the Amerileague that you will warn you in the future should some kind of offer pop up that might just be too good to pass up?
Mainly learn to accept the good with the bad and always stay humble! These situations happen a lot now a days you just got to take it and go forward. Time isn’t something we can get back by hanging your head and this was all a rock in the road and once I do get to where I am I’ll appreciate the situation!!
What is the next step for Chris Hill? You last played in Bolivia and before that in the minor leagues in the States. How big is your hunger to come over to Europe and experience basketball and culture here?
I’m very hungry and humble. I want to play over there because their way of basketball is very unique and for me to learn the European game like I’ve learned the college and pro systems I have learned now it can only make me better as a player skill wise at 6’8 playing the 1-4 and can jump Out of the GYM it’s versatility even though I’m a small forward!!
You have had a very interesting basketball career that started so well with you playing at Depaul where after 12 games you were averaging 15ppg, 6rpg, 2spg, 3bpg, FGP: 52%, 3PT: 42%. However you had to go because of an NCAA infraction because your prep school was black listed and diploma didn’t count because they said you didn’t meet the requirements. How much did this effect your basketball career in the last 5 years from you landing in higher leagues?
That situation broke me and a lot of people don’t know what or who I was because I was a kid from Florida who went to a dominant prep school in North Carolina Laurinburg prep and blew up and for it all to be taken from me is mentally a big blow and I never talk about it because I know it happened for a reason. I’m a father now and it’ll be something I can teach my son and daughter about doing the right things even if you don’t have guidance you go and seek it from someone!!
How humbling was it having to play at SW Missis.CC (JUCO) the next season?
Juco was great my coach Bill Wallace the previous year coached Aubrey Coleman whos touched the NBA floor and also is playing in a high level in Europe and that was his pitch to get me there he gave me my confidence back he told me “do you want to be a big fish in a big pond or a big fish in a small pond and be that 1!! That changed my whole mindset!!
You rocked the house playing 29 games averaging 29ppg, 10rpg, 3apg, 1spg, 4bpg, FGP: 55%, 3PT: 41%, FT: 74%. Did you think about Depaul during every game which just continued to motivate to be the best?
Honestly my whole motivation was just going after everyone in front of me and making them feel my Grind, I know when I’m playing in the zone, I’m capable of doing things a lot of people don’t know I can do !!
You continued to put up big stats in the ABA and TRBL leagues in the States. How difficult is it to really get noticed in a league like this and be respected?
Man , it hurts scoring big in those leagues and not getting anything out of it you basically put yourself into a hole where that’s everybody’s motive but to me I got away from those leagues recently I took it up a notch and tried out for the NBA D league the past two years and I’ve been on the draft and picked once for a team but things didn’t go well because something in your past do haunt you that’s why I’m eager to go abroad and then come back !!!
You recently played fro La Salle-UPB Cochabamba (Bolivia-Libobasquet): 15 games: 23.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2.3spg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 63%, 3PT: 39%, FT: 81%. What kind of experience was this for you playing in South America. Does an American get any kind of status there despite playing in a country infected by soccer?
It’s very live there. I’ve seen Brazil and Argentina while there those places are beautiful and basketball there is cool!!
Please explain why you could help any team in the world now with your game?
I can help a team because I’m a player that has been battle tested and can play the 1-4 and take the team on my back and push us to victory. I’m very coachable and I have a strong passion for this game and with that I believe and expect nothing but greatness !!
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
Man he’s great to me and he’s the greatest of our era. I’ve seen Jordan but I was too young to see the beginning when his road was rocky. All Players are going to have those moments but in the end special players show Things we haven’t seen!!!
What was the last movie that you saw?
Kevin Durants movie. I watch it a lot I’m a computer geek I love to watch film and workout and watch more film !!
Thanks Chris for the chat.