Lanky forward Devin Hill got squeezed out of DePaul due to a scholarship crunch, but the 6-foot-9 Connecticut native found a home a few miles to the north at Loyola.
The Ramblers announced Monday morning that Hill has transferred from Lincoln Park to Rogers Park. Though he missed almost all of last season with a foot injury (he began the year in the starting lineup), he must sit out the 2011-12 campaign due to the NCAA's transfer rules.
Hill joins Cully Payne on the sidelines this year as Loyola ramps up for a big 2012-13 season.
"I have known Devin for many years, having recruited him at while I was at Saint Louis," new Loyola coach Porter Moser said in a statement. "He is a long, athletic, and skilled player and his athleticism and ability will add a dimension that will have a tremendous impact on our team. Devin is a high-character kid from a high-character family. We are thrilled to welcome him to Loyola."
While Loyola believes Hill will have two years to play, I'm not so sure about that. If you're still allowed just five years to play four seasons, Hill's fifth year will be 2012-13.
DePaul in 2008-09: Averaged 3.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 17.5 minutes per game. Made 9 starts as a true freshman.
DePaul in 2009-10: Averaged 4.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 17.6 minutes per game. Made 17 starts.
DePaul in 2010-11: Averaged 5.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 16.0 minutes per game. Started 4 of first 5 games before the foot injury.
Hill ought to get a medical redshirt for last season, which leaves him two years to play two seasons. He'll use one of those sitting on the sidelines in 2011-12.
Maybe the NCAA will be lenient with Hill, but I would be surprised.