Hill, a Virginia Beach native who would have been the team's only senior, transferred to ODU from
Hill and the ODU coaching staff were under the assumption that he had 21/2 years of eligibility remaining when he transferred. Instead, he had only 11/2 years. He played the second half of the 2011-12 season for the Monarchs and was a team captain and starter all of last season.
Neither Hill nor new ODU coach Jeff Jones was available for comment.
The news about Hill was another gut punch for a program that took a nosedive following a remarkably successful eight-year run.
The Monarchs, who will compete in
Hill, who starred at Norfolk Collegiate High, played 23 games in a limited role as a freshman at Clemson under former coach
In preseason of his sophomore year, Hill played in a closed exhibition game against Georgia on Oct. 30, 2010, according to Clemson officials. In the days that followed, he went to Brownell and said that he intended to transfer.
Hill did not play in Clemson's open exhibition one week later, or in any games that fall before leaving at the end of the semester.
Playing in that one exhibition game automatically made Hill a sophomore, eligibility-wise.
The only exception is that freshmen in basketball, soccer and field hockey may compete in preseason exhibitions or scrimmages without it counting toward a season of competition (NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124.3).
Hill, a 6-foot-4 wing, averaged 8.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game last season, starting 28 of 30 games. His 86 assists were second only to point guard Keenan Palmore's 88. He averaged 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 2011-12, when he started 19 of 22 games.