Illinois Basketball: Ranking the Top 5 guards of the 2010’s

Dec 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Malcolm Hill (21) reacts after dunking the ball against the Brigham Young Cougars during the second half at the United Center. Illinois defeats Brigham Young 75-73. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Malcolm Hill (21) reacts after dunking the ball against the Brigham Young Cougars during the second half at the United Center. Illinois defeats Brigham Young 75-73. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 18, 2017; Iowa City, IA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Malcolm Hill (21) celebrates after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Illinois won 70-66. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; Iowa City, IA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Malcolm Hill (21) celebrates after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Illinois won 70-66. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 1 Malcolm Hill

There might be some who disagree with me on who the No. 1 guard has been in the 2010’s. But, there is no doubt that Malcolm Hill takes this crown.

Hill was a highly touted recruit coming out of Belleville-East High School in Belleville, Illinois. He was rated as a four-star recruit who was the No. 70 player in the class of 2013 and the No. 3 player in the state of Illinois.

The class of 2013 was supposed to be special for the Illini and it did include some special talent. Hill was an impact player from day one but he didn’t have the supporting cast to help him out.

The first season Hill was in Champaign he averaged 14.1 minutes, 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. His production would continue to increase over the next three seasons as well.

Hill’s best season with the Illini was his junior campaign, despite the team having one of the worst records in the history of the program. Hill still managed to average 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game that season.

One of the saddest parts of Hill’s career is the fact he never had a chance to play in the NCAA tournament. Coaching and other factors hurt his potentially great career with the Illini.

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Hill still finished with the most points and rebounds averaged in a season among all guards in the 2010’s and he was second in assists. His career was great despite the lack of winning, and that is why he finishes No. 1 on the list of best guards in the 2010’s.