By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Name: Calvin Hill
Position: Point Guard
School: Kenwood Academy High School
Entering his fourth season with the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos Boys Basketball Team, senior Calvin Hill, a successful student athlete, has made a name for himself on the court, in the classroom and within his community.
With a passion to play the game of basketball, Hill discovered his love for the sport back in 2014, as he would develop intangibles in the areas of poise, leadership and an uncanny ability to play defense, which were three qualities he learned during his freshmen year under the tutelage of former Broncos head coach Jim Maley.
“In my first year, there weren’t many accomplishments,” Hill said. “I think we finished second or third place in our conference [under Maley]. Things didn’t really change [in my career] until coach Marlo Finner arrived.”
Finner’s impact on Hill, not only affected his basketball career overall, but changed the way he looked at life.
“Coach told us to control our own destiny on the court,” Hill said. “That quote really stood out to me the most.”
Hill explained since his time under Finner, he has watched the team grow from second and third place finishes to winning a conference title, earning two-second place finishes, a regional title, a final four appearance and a trip to the city championship game.
With the direction of his career going north, Hill explained his most memorable moment as a player came in February 2016 during the Chicago Public League Final Four, as the Broncos would upset Curie High School 52-51 to advance to the school’s first ever city championship against Simeon Academy.
Although the Broncos would fall short in the championship game to Simeon Academy, Hill felt this experience, along with receiving strong support and encouragement from his mother, family, teachers and friends, impacted his life both mentally and physically on and off the court.
In conclusion, Hill aspires to attend law school at Ohio’s Xavier University. His goal is to one day become a lawyer and work as a sports agent in the field of sports management in the near future.