Malcolm Hill could end up having a pretty interesting summer.
The Illini junior-to-be was named one of 22 players selected for USA Basketball's training camp ahead of the Pan American Games. Hill is one of 16 college players and one of five current Big Ten players invited to the camp, joining Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes, Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, Maryland's Melo Trimble and Purdue's Isaac Haas.
Of the 22 invited to the camp in Colorado Springs, just 12 will make the team, which will compete from July 21 through July 25 in the Pan American Games tournament in Toronto.
It's a big opportunity for all these guys, and John Groce should be particularly happy with the experience it could provide for Hill, should he make the final roster.
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Hill had a strong junior year, ranking second on the team in scoring with an average of 14.4 points per game and third in rebounding with 4.8 rebounds per game. He had a huge 20-point performance during the non-conference season in a game against Villanova at Madison Square Garden. Hill scored a season-high 28 points in a win over Maryland and poured in 27 against Penn State. During the Big Ten regular season, he ranked 10th in the league in scoring with 15.1 points per game.
He was particularly prolific during Rayvonte Rice's nine-game absence, averaging 17.7 points per game as he was forced to take over as more of a primary scorer. Hill, along with fellow junior-to-be Kendrick Nunn, will have that primary-scorer role this fall.
It could be a Big Ten-dominated roster. Hayes and Valentine are coming off trips to the Final Four, while Trimble was one of the most impressive freshmen in the country, earning All-Big Ten First Team honors while helping Maryland to a second-place finish in its first season in the conference.