Post Falls basketball player Hill signs with Idaho

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by University of Idaho / KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 14 at 6:33 PM

MOSCOW -- The University of Idaho men’s basketball team announced the addition of a pair of guards on Thursday, one a local sharpshooter, and the other a tough, junior-college wing.

Post Falls High School star Connor Hill and Mansa Habeeb of Buffalo, N.Y., committed to head coach Don Verlin and the Vandal basketball team to complete the team’s 2011 recruiting class.

Hill, a 6-2, 180-pound guard, helped lead Post Falls to a 23-5 record and fourth-place finish at the Idaho 5A State Championships this year as a senior, and was named Idaho 5A Player of the Year after averaging 21.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

Hill scored 1,192 career points for the Trojans, the second-most in school history, and set a school record with 69 total victories during his career. In 2010 as a junior, he helped Post Falls end a 46-year championship drought, as the Trojans claimed the Idaho 5A title.

“Connor is a tremendous  young man and a terrific basketball player. This is a win-win in a lot of different ways,” Verlin said. “His ability to score and shoot the three fits perfectly into our system, and his attitude tells me that he will only get better during his Vandal career.”

Habeeb is a 6-3, 210-pound guard who will join Idaho as a junior in the fall. He played for two seasons at Southeastern Iowa Community College, which he helped lead to the NJCAA national semifinals and a fourth-place national finish this season. Habeeb averaged 12.8 points on 51.3 percent shooting, as well as 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals this year.

Hill and Habeeb join a recruiting class that already includes junior-college signees Wendell Faines and Anthony Jones, along with high school signee Xavier Bazile of Tacoma.

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