#4 Otis Hill
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6'8" 234 lbs Center
HS: Pleasantville White Plains , NY
Born: 3/31/1974 White Plains, NY
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
1993-94 Fr C 30 29 729 100 185 54.1% 38 65 58.5% 0 0
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36 168 103 65 115 10 48 29 42 238 7.9 1.2 5.6
1994-95 So C 30 7 609 76 146 52.1% 43 65 66.2% 0 0
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22 132 101 4 39 30 14 195 6.5 0.7 4.4
1995-96 Jr C 38 37 923 193 338 57.1% 96 141 68.1% 0 1 0.0% 21 207 123 84 134 9 64 35 32 482 12.7 0.6 5.5
1996-97 Sr C/F 32 32 937 203 370 54.9% 95 148 64.2% 0 1 0.0% 27 194 123 71 110 5 63 53 34 501 15.7 0.8 6.1
Career    
130
105
3198
572
1039
55.1%
272
419
64.9%
0
2
0.0%
106
701
+349
+220
460
28
214
147
122
1416
10.9
0.8
5.4

Otis Hill was a center for Syracuse basketball for four seasons. He was a burly player with strong inside moves and limited shooting range. Hill was a solid defender, but not a significant shot blocker nor a strong rebounder.

Hill would redshirt his first season at Syracuse, rather than sit on the bench behind seniors Conrad McRae and Dave Siock. He was then the starter his freshman season, replacing the two graduated seniors. He was very foul prone, limiting his playing time to 24 minutes a game, and fouling out of ten games. He was however a significant contributor in the minutes he did have on the court, though his offensive efforts consisted primarily of dunks. Hill was named to the Big East All-Rookie team.

Hill would lose his starting position his sophomore season to junior J.B. Reafsnyder. He would return as the starter his junior season, though he and Reafsnyder would effectively continue to share the center position. The duo averaged 18.9 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game. Hill's inside presence would be an integral part of the team, as they made a run at the National Championship that season. In the second round game against Kansas, Hill made two free throws with 22 seconds to go, to give Syracuse a five point margin, a margin that was needed as Kansas quickly made a three point basket afterwards.

Hill developed a nice turnaround jump shot by his senior season, and would lead the Orangemen in scoring and rebounding. He still had foul trouble, which plagued his entire college career. With the arrival of freshman Etan Thomas, the development of Elvir Ovcina, and an injury to forward Todd Burgan, Hill would split his time between the center and forward positions. In a nationally televised game against Alabama, Hill would have a career best effort with 34 points, though the Orangemen would still come up short losing 70-66. Hill would be named to the All Big East Second Team that season.

Hill would be drafted in the fifth round of the 1997 CBA draft by the Idaho Stampede. He would play international basketball for several seasons, including the 2007 season where he was in the Polish league. In 2007-2008 he played in the Israeli league.

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