Illinois basketball's Malcolm Hill carries Braggin' Rights trophy
Hill, who was a standout basketball player for the Belleville East Lancers, tried to lead Illinois on a frenetic comeback late in the second half, scoring 13 of his 29 points with less than five minutes to play, but that comeback ultimately came up short.
Hill finishes his career with 1,846 points and 647 rebounds. Only Hill and Deon Thomas have 1,800 or more points and 600 or more rebounds in school history.
Hill, twice an All-Big Ten second team selection, helped Illinois win four straight Braggin’ Rights games over the Missouri Tigers. He joins Brian Cook, Dee Brown, James Augustine, Sean Harrington, Luther Head, Roger Powell, and Kendall Gill, among others, who went 4-0 against the rival Tigers.
Hill’s final game also drew reaction on Twitter:
Update: Malcolm Hill has tweeted his thanks.
By the numbers
These are Malcolm Hill’s career stats as a Fighting Illini:
- Points - 1,846
- Rebounds - 647
- Assists - 281
- Steals - 122
- 3-pointer percentage - 35.1%
- Free throw percentage - 79.5%
- Field goal percentage - 43.3%
At a glance
These are the 11 players to score 1,500 or more points in University of Illinois history: