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David Hill has 29-point, 12-rebound double-double in Neumann’s win against Millville

David Hill spent his summer in Missouri so he could flourish in Pennsylvania this winter.

So far, so good.

The St. John Neumann two-time all-state guard and Division I recruit, along with younger brother, Davion, competed for three months at The Basketball Movement in Missouri. There they played AAU basketball, received daily instruction from trainers like former All-American Rob Yanders and competed with and against some of the country’s premier high school recruits.

That experience is paying huge early dividends. An already explosive player last year, Hill is stronger, more agile and more complete now. Millville learned that all afternoon Saturday.

Hill scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a little more than three quarters as Neumann thumped the visiting Quakers, 76-42. Hill is averaging 24 points per game while stuffing the stat sheet in all categories and Neumann improved to 4-0 as it played its most complete game yet.

“We had a camp with all the top Division 1 players around the world. It was good to go against competition like that. Now we’re trying to bring that energy into this season,” Hill said. “That’s what I was seeking all summer, going against some tough competition. Just getting out and experiencing what it’s like to really play hard is a good thing.”

Hanief Clay scored 16 points, Davion Hill dealt six assists and Keon Burkhlder grabbed eight rebounds as Neumann opened a 27-point halftime lead and buried Millville under an avalanche of points during a 27-9 second-quarter run.

It was a team effort again, but Hill was the motor powering this machine. The 1,000-point scorer also dealt four assists and made four steals. He drained a 3-pointer and hit some pull-up jumpers, but was most impressive around the basket. That three-month stay in Missouri has Hill looking virtually unstoppable near the rim.

It will be hard finding a better finisher than Hill inside and he was 13 of 18 from the field while scoring 27 points in the first three quarters. Hill produced 18 first-half points and the points came fast and furious with Hill also running the court exceptionally well and doing damage in transition.

“Over the summer I was working a lot on body control and trying to finish at the rim,” Hill said. “Playing out there definitely helped me with all aspects of my game. It helped me be smart with the ball and with my decision making and things that.”

“David had a great game,” Neumann coach Jamie Spencer said. “He’s so strong. He’s not a big kid, but he’s just so strong around the rim and his body control and hang time are off the charts.”

The problem opponents are facing is that Davion also is a Division I recruit coming off an all-state season. Clay provides Neumann another dynamic guard and Burkholder is a potential force inside. Naseer Dymeck and Naz Smith are providing sparks off the bench and Dymeck played outstanding defense, while Smith added eight points.

Clay is settling in and doing a nice job running this explosive offense. The junior point guard did a bit of everything Saturday, scoring 16 points, grabbing eight rebounds, making three steals and adding three assists. Focus on either of the Hill’s and Clay, wo has reached double figures in all four games, makes opponents pay.

“Hanief brings a lot of energy to the team and toward me. He’s pushing me and we’re pushing each other. It’s a big push for the team. It’s a different atmopshere out there,” Hill said. “It definitely takes a lot of of pressure me and Davion. Teams like to double team us a lot and you can’t really double team when we have Hanief handling the ball and a nice big man with Keon down there rebounding and putting up numbers. It’s great.”

Davion Hill grabbed six rebounds, made four steals and scored six first-quarter points as Neumann built a 22-13 lead. Neumann’s first three opponents hung around, but the Knights delivered a quick knockout blow this time, closing the half on a 30-9 run. They forced 10 turnovers during that time and four players scored at least eight first-half points.

“The energy was good. I liked the energy on the defensive end tonight compared to the other games,” Spencer said. “Against Northwest (Wednesday) we didn’t play with any passion on defense, but tonight we played really well on both ends and we’re making the extra pass which is good.”

MILLVILLE (42)

Blake Evans 3 2-2 9, Patrick Stefan 4 0-0 9, Landon Evans 3 1-2 7, Cameron Laubach 1 0-0 3, Mason Huff 1 2-2 4, Dylan Klinger 4 0-0 10. Totals 15 5-6 42.

NEUMANN (76)

Davion Hill 3 2-4 9, David Hill 14 0-0 29, Hanief Clay 6 4-4 16, Keon Burkholder 3 1-4 8, Ryan McNamee 0 0-0 0, JerVal Weeks-Shuler 0 0-0 0, Naz Smith 4 0-0 8, Naseer Dymeck 1 0-0 3, Zach Lisi 1 1-1 3. Totals 32 8-13 76.

Millville 13 9 13 7-42

Neumann 22 27 18 9-76

3-pointers: Millville 4 (Klinger 2, B. Evans, Stefan); Neumann 4 (Davion Hill, David Hill, Burkholder, Dymeck).

Records: Neumann 4-0, 4-0 Mid-Penn.

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