Hill Named One of College Basketball's Top Assistants
July 6, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State associate head men’s basketball coach Dalonte Hill was recently named among the Top 25 high-major assistant coaches in college basketball, according to FOXCollegeSports.com.
Hill, who is entering his fifth season at K-State this upcoming season, came in at No. 22 on the list, which included four other Big 12 assistant coaches (Kansas’ Joe Dooley (No. 1) and Kurtis Townsend (No. 12) and Texas’ Russell Springmann (No. 13a) and Rodney Terry (No. 13b). Several factors were used in compiling the list, including the program’s success while on staff, longevity, total years as an assistant, head coaching experience, recruiting, reputation amongst peers and future potential.
Hill has played a significant role in helping revitalize the K-State program since his hiring in 2006 by then head coach Bob Huggins. The school has posted four consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in school history in that span, including a historic 29-8 season in 2009-10. With Hill’s help, the Wildcats have posted 95 wins the past four seasons, including 40 in Big 12 play, and have advanced to the postseason in four consecutive years for just the second time in school history and the first time since the 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2010.
The 95 wins are the most in school history in a four-year span, shattering the previous mark of 85 wins set from 1978-82, while the 40 conference victories are the most since the squad posted 43 from 1973-77. K-State is one of only four Big 12 schools in that span to total four 20-win seasons and one of just two to finish in the league’s top-4 and receive a bye at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships in each of the past four seasons.
This past season, Hill helped K-State post a school-record 29-8 overall record, including a Big 12 era high tie for second place in the league standings with an 11-5 mark. The Wildcats earned their highest-ever seed (No. 2) in the NCAA Tournament and tallied its first trip to the Elite Eight in more than 20 years. In the process, the team knocked off a school-record six ranked opponents, including the first win over a No. 1 team since 1994, and finished the season with the school’s first Top 10 final ranking since 1973 at No. 7 in both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches and Associated Press Top 25 polls.
As recruiting coordinator, Hill has also played a major role in helping K-State land some of the country’s best recruiting classes, including the nation’s top-rated class by Scout.com and Rivals.com in 2006, which included No. 1 recruit Michael Beasley and No. 6 recruit Bill Walker. In 2008, he helped the Wildcats pull down their second top-20 class in the past three seasons, including their fourth McDonald’s All-American (and second in last three seasons) in Wally Judge. The four-man class was rated 17th by Scout.com and 18th by Rivals.com.