|High School:||Newington College HS '11|
Hayford on Hill: “Daniel is the consummate point guard. He gets everyone involved in the game and makes other people better, plus he is a very good outside shooter. He will not become eligible until December. He is a 4.0 student in the classroom, is a joy to coach and he brings great discipline in all that he does.”
High School: Graduated from Newington College High School in 2011. He led Newington to a runner-up finish in the Australian Schools Championships. He made a 3-pointer to knot the score at 79, but his team lost 81-79, as he finished with 20 points and was selected as the tournament MVP. He was a four-year starter and led his team to the conference championship all four seasons, and also served as captain. His school was first in the state and second in the nation in 2010, first in state and third in the nation in 2009 and third in the state in 2008. He was selected to the New South Wales Independent Schools All-State team from 2009-11, averaging 15.1 points, 4.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game in that span. Hill played on Australia’s U-17 National Team, which placed sixth in the 2010 U-17 World Championships in Germany. In the tournament on July 3, 2010, his team lost 76-68 to Canada and Gonzaga point guard Kevin Pangos. Both players had three assists, and Hill had four points and Pangos scored nine. Also in 2010, Hill made a game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds remaining to lead his New South Wales Metro squad to the Australian U-18 Men's National Championship with a 57-55 victory over VIC Metro (Basketball Victoria). He also led the U-20 NSW team to a fourth-place finish in 2011, and he served in a captain’s role for all three teams. He also played club basketball for the Sutherland Sharks, and competed in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) in 2009. He was also selected to compete for the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) men’s basketball program. In addition, he participated in the 2011 Nike All-Asia Camp and was selected to the all-star team. He was also selected to the all-tournament team in the Avery Air Invitational Tournament in Plano, Texas. Twice he earned awards as sportsman of the year – one each at the high school and club levels.
Personal: He was born on Jan. 4, 1993, in Sydney, Australia. His parents are Les and Vicki Hill. Interested in pursuing a degree in construction management or health services at Eastern. His fellow Australians Venky Jois and Jordan Hickert are also in the Eastern program.