Hill a unanimous first-team all-HOIC choice

WEBSTER CITY – As it turns out, missing an entire basketball season really didn’t have a monumental impact on Collin Hill.

The South Hamilton swing man is still really good, arguably the best player in the Heart of Iowa Conference. And he has the statistics to back up that claim.

Hill’s standout season on the hardwood was recently awarded, as he was one of five league players to be unanimously chosen to the all-HOIC first team. Teammate Marco Balderas, a sophomore point guard, was named to the second team. Fellow Hawks Trey Woodall, a senior shooting guard, and Logan Klemp, a sophomore forward, were honorable mention choices.

Other unanimous first-team members were Gilbert senior Adam Baker, Nevada senior Cole Gidel, North Polk senior Brett Haun and PCM senior Logan Gilman. Completing the first team were Gilbert senior Ryan Blum, Greene County senior Trey Tucker and Roland-Story senior John Barclay.

Hill and Balderas are two of only three non-seniors on the first and second teams.

Hill was the only player in the HOIC to average a double-double and he ranked among the league’s top 10 in numerous statistical categories. On the leaderboard, he was first in rebounds (10.6 per game), second in points (21.2 per game), third in steals (49) and field goal percentage (53.6) among those with at least 50 attempts, fourth in blocks (26) and eighth in assists (67).

A first-team selection as a freshman when he led South Hamilton to a conference title and trip to the Class 2A state tournament, Hill was forced to watch throughout his sophomore campaign while recovering from a broken leg sustained on the football field.

In two seasons, Hill has amassed 926 points. Barring injury, he should become just the sixth player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points sometime in December. Brad Barkema holds the school record of 1,906 points – a number Hill potentially could have reached had it not been for the lost season.

Balderas, a two-year starter, was one of 18 HOIC players to average a double-digit scoring total. He put up 10.0 points an outing, and ranked second in the conference in assists (114) and fourth in steals (44).

Woodall contributed 8.0 points per game and led the Hawks in 3-point field goals (48). He shot 40 percent from behind the arc.

Klemp put up totals of 5.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. He connected on 51.3 percent of his shots.