January 31, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Walter Hill of Shorter (Ga.) has been named the NAIA National Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Hill was selected based on his performances from Jan. 23 – Jan. 29 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Hill, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, averaged 19.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and three assists in a 3-0 week for the Hawks that included an 80-77 road victory against then-No. 17 Lee (Tenn.) on Jan. 28. His week was highlighted by two 21-point performances, including a team-leading fourth double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds in Shorter’s 88-44 victory against NCAA Division II Berry College (Ga.). Hill finished the week 23-of-47 (48.9 percent) from the field.
The native of Gainesville, Ga., ranks 15th in the NAIA in total scoring (398) and 17th in total 3-point field goals (55)
For a complete listing of the national statistical leaders, click here.
The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Feb. 7.
Nominees: Adrian Miller, John Brown (Ark.); Andrew Young, Pikeville (Ky.); Jeremy Lewis, St. Thomas (Texas); Terry Hollins, Harris-Stowe State (Mo.); Marcus Bowins, Mid-Continent (Ky.); Charlie Wallrapp, Benedictine (Kan.); Brad Karp, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Horace Whitehead, Tougaloo (Miss.); Kyle Erickson, Montana Western ; Rhett Beal, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)
2011-12 Composite Award Winners (Schedule)
Week 1: Eric Frederick, Texas Wesleyan
Week 2: Josh Orta, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)
Week 3: Chase Spreen, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Week 4: Eric Frederick, Texas Wesleyan
Week 5: Walter Hill, Shorter (Ga.)