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WWU men’s basketball signs forward from California

Michael Hill Jr., a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward who played at Future College Prep in Carson, Calif., last year, has signed a national letter of intent to play men’s basketball beginning this fall at Western Washington University.

“We are fortunate to get a person of his quality as a young player,” Viking coach Tony Dominguez said in a press release. “Mike has a combination of size and athleticism that makes him very versatile. We are always trying to find players with his size that also have great basketball IQs, and Mike seems to fit that mold.”

Hill averaged 10 points and five rebounds at Future College Prep, helping the Orange to a 40-14 record, the second-best mark in school history.

As a senior the previous year at Clover Park High School in Tacoma, Hill was on a team that won South Puget Sound League and district titles and placed fourth at the Class 2A state tournament. He was named the team’s most improved player.

Prior to his season at Clover Park, Hill attended Miami Beach (Fla.) Senior High as a junior and New Mexico Military School for two years. As a sophomore at NMMS, Hill earned all-district honors as he averaged 13.0 points and a team-leading 8.0 rebounds.

WWU finished 20-11 last season and reached the championship game at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament.