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NEWBERRY — Xavier Hill of Irmo High School has signed to play basketball for Newberry College, the school announced.

Hill is no stranger to Newberry or Newberry College as his parents were married in the college chapel and almost all of his family lives in the town.

“Like many young men I have been fortunate to coach, Xavier Hill was grossly under-recruited,” said Head Basketball Coach Dave Davis. “He can really play and he will have a chance to make an impact right away despite the fact that we return almost everyone.

The 6-foot-3 guard was a major part of a 70-3 record over his final three years of high school basketball, including a 29-0 state championship season in 2013.

“Xavier is highly intelligent, has a tremendous work ethic, is unselfish and does not back down from a challenge, which we will surely present him at Newberry,” Davis said. “He is a true student-athlete and we are incredibly fortunate to have him with us and he could be a major piece as we build toward championship basketball.”

Hill was an All-Region selection in his senior year and made 50 three-pointers while shooting 39 percent from long distance. He had an outstanding game against Gaffney when he scored 28 points and went 5-for-7 from the three-point line.

He had a perfect shooting night vs. Blythewood, going 9-for-9 from the field, 6-for-6 from long distance and 2-for-2 at the free throw line for scoring 26 points. He had another outstanding shooting night against Dutch Fork when he went 6-for-8 from three and scored 23 points. Hill played for legendary coach Tim Whipple who has won over 600 games and five state titles at Irmo.

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