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Kings sign promising Aussie Jeromie Hill

The Sydney Kings have signed promising young Australian forward Jeromie Hill to the team on a two-year contract. A product of the Australian Institute of Sport and member of the Under 19 Australian Emus team that earned Gold at the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championships, the 24-year-old has spent the past five years playing for NCAA Division One school University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). Hill is excited to join the Sydney Kings and is looking forward to working closely with head coach Damian Cotter and assistant coach Jacob Jackomas. “I am looking forward to playing under both Damian and Jacob, who I have known for a long time,” said Hill. “They have done a great job so far of putting together a very competitive team and both have a great understanding of the game that will help me reach my full potential as a player.” While Hill is excited about joining the Kings roster, he admits basketball wasn’t the only factor weighing in his decision. “My fiancé Madeline will be coming out with me, so we needed a city that would suit both of our career paths and Sydney is the perfect destination.” The versatile 203cm (6’8”) Hill had a pre-draft workout with the San Antonio Spurs and will now remain in the United States while he completes his master’s degree before returning to Australia. During his senior season at UTSA, the talented big man averaged 16 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game while leading the Roadrunners to the 2015 Conference USA Tournament. Hill became just one of two players in UTSA history to record at least 1,600 points and 700 rebounds, while also garnering several all-conference honours during his time as a Roadrunner. Sydney Kings head coach Damian Cotter is understandably thrilled to add a talent of Hill’s potential to the Sydney Kings roster. “I am really excited to have Jeromie join the team. He is a versatile player who will fit well in the direction we are heading with this current group of guys,” said Cotter. “He has had an outstanding college career and having seen him progress through the ranks of the junior national program, I know he is a driven young man that is going to work hard to be successful.” Hill is expected to arrive in Sydney in early August where he will join his new teammates in preparation for the upcoming season.
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