The Virginia Tech Hokies haven’t been considered extremely dangerous basketball contenders over the course of the past couple seasons. That isn’t expected to change this season, and sophomore guard Ahmed Hill is down with an injury after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn patellar tendon.
Hill may not be considered one of the biggest pieces to the Hokies’ basketball program, but he is a very underrated part of their team. As a freshman last season, he showed quite a bit of raw potential that the coaching staff was very excited to work with heading into the 2015-16 season. He will likely get back on-the-court at some point this season, but missing this time where he could be working and improving hurts.
During the 2014-15 season with the Hokies, Hill ended up averaging 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He shot 39.9 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 38.6 percent of his three-point shots.
It will be interesting to see how long this injury keeps Hill off the floor. He is without question capable of developing into a very solid starter, although it doesn’t seem like he has more than role player potential. Hill could become an above average scorer, but he isn’t likely to be the type of player that can power his team to victories.
That being said, hopefully he is able to make a quick recovery and get back on-the-court in the near future.
Seeing young players go down with knee injuries is never easy, especially when it is obvious that they have room to grow. Virginia Tech is in desperate need of their talent to stay healthy and make improvements if they want to get back on track moving forward, and Hill is a part of their young talent.
Expect to see him attack his rehab process and do his best to get back on-the-court very early on in his return timetable when they announce one. He has made quite a few improvements throughout the last two years, and he will not allow this injury to keep him down.
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