Since taking over the program in 2001, our goal for the boys' basketball program continues to be to "improve every day and in every way." We hope to enroll student-athletes whose attitude, efforts, and talent can add continuity and depth to our program. We expect our players to contribute to and benefit from the overall Hill experience. We will work hard to help our college-level players matriculate to programs that suit them academically, athletically, and socially. The Hill School is a nurturing yet demanding environment, and students who graduate from Hill and who participate in our basketball program will be well prepared for college and life.
Over the past 12 years, more than 30 Hill players have entered college basketball programs, and several alumni currently are playing professionally overseas. In the past three years, nine players have been recruited to play college basketball and some of our most recent graduates have played or are playing at Bryant, Bucknell, Cornell, Harvard, Lafayette, UMBC, Navy, Princeton, Richmond, Rochester, Stonehill, SUNY-Oswego, Trinity University (Texas), Tufts, Ursinus, VMI, Wesleyan, and Wheaton (Mass.) among others. Many have been or are team captains, highlighting the leadership skills they learned at Hill.
The Hill is a member of the ultra-competitive Mid-Atlantic Prep League, competing against New Jersey schools Blair, Hun, Lawrenceville, and Peddie, as well as Mercersburg from Pennsylvania. Hill has won two MAPL championships, the first coming in 2008 and the most recent in 2011. Each year, Hill also participates in several events and tournaments, including the PA Independent State Tournament, where Hill was both the 2007 and 2008 runner-up, and a semifinalist in 2009. Hill’s own Mercer Invitational Tournament, held annually in December since 1970, traditionally boasts an outstanding eight-team field that annually attracts more than 50 college coaches from all over the country. Hill made it to the final in 2005 and 2008, and won the tournament in 2006 and 2007.
Contests against the top teams in the local Friends and InterAc leagues as well as several perennial prep powers highlight an incredible non-league schedule. Each year, Hill also takes on the University of Pennsylvania JV team at the famed Palestra. Hill opens its season with the MAPL-Friends League Challenge, and recently has participated in showcases including the Primetime Shootout, and the Scholar Roundball Classic in Boston.
Please consider visiting campus to see for yourself all that Hill has to offer. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss Hill basketball in more detail, please contact Head Coach Seth Eilberg at email@example.com