TYRUS Hill should give Adamson fans more reason to get pumped up for the next UAAP season.
The 6-foot-5 cager already served a glimpse of his high-flying act in the Falcons’ first game in the Filoil preseason tournament when he finished a fastbreak in style with an emphatic dunk.
Hill is one of the newest Fil-Americans brought in by Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren and so far, he has been providing some exciting plays with his athleticism and leaping ability.
“That’s usually what I do,” Hill told SPIN.ph following an impressive opening game in the Filoil that saw him score 10 points including that highlight-reel worthy jam.
“I run the lane. If they see me, it’s an automatic dunk,” said Hill.
The 6-foot-5 Hill is starting to get used to the Philippine brand of basketball after joining Adamson last July to undergo residency to become eligible for next season.
Prior to joining Adamson, Hill said he went to the Philippines with a family friend in Kurt Lojera.
“My teammate and I came here and he was supposed to try out for La Salle. He came here before me last January. He didn’t make it,” said Hill.
One school came knocking on the door was Adamson, which was apparently already interested in him long before. Later on, Hill and Lojera joined the Falcons.
“They told me they were interested to recruit me before even after a year out of high school. They never got in touch with me. When I got here, it’s perfect timing because Coach Franz just got signed with Adamson for a four-year contract. I don’t know anything about him but I knew we will start fresh,” said Hill.
Immediately, Hill fell in love with the Philippines after watching the UAAP games from the stands.
“Last year, when I saw it, I was like, 'It’s ridiculous.' Drums, you can’t hear nothing. The crowd is exciting. It’s a basketball country literally. I’m just hyped for that. I just can’t wait. I just want to play already,” said Hill.
Hill has been a solid contributor for the Falcons especially during their run to two offseason titles in preparation for the UAAP.
Opponents are already taking notice of Hill’s athleticism, which is why he is working hard to adjust to the Philippine style of physical defense with only months away from his UAAP debut.
“Now, the teams know (my game) so it’s pretty difficult,” said the San Jose, California native.
“Best thing to do is to take it, and work harder,” said Hill, when asked how he is adjusting to the Philippine brand of physicality. “Just hitting the weights and mental toughness.”
Now that he is starting to get used to the physicality, Hill vowed to provide the needed lift by the Falcons in other aspects of the game especially on defense.
“I’m known as a high jumper on the team, rebounder, shot blocker, and (always on) attack mode,” said Hill.
“Season 80 is for us. We are making the Final Four and hopefully, we can get this chip because we have a nice team this year. We have a deep bench and we are just looking to push forward,” he added.