2021 Austin Hilton – Shooting Guard / Combo Guard – is returning to Belle Plaine for his senior year as one of Kansas’ top players. Hilton is a smart player who can read the game at a high level. He identifies mismatches and will bypass shots to put his team in the best position to win but can also take control of the offensive scoring and put the team on his back.
He excels in the inside-outside game and wreaks havoc for defenses from deep. This past high school season, Hilton was ranked in the top 10 in the nation (per MaxPreps) in three-point shooting while connecting on 52% of shots (80 of 154).
Teams attempt to take away his outside jumper, often pay for it as Hilton has the ability to put the ball on the deck and finish at the rim. Hilton is also an efficient ball handler who varies his speed to create space and is equipped with tremendous court vision.
Defensively, Hilton uses his speed to cut off drives before they start and utilizes his aggressiveness to guard larger opponents.
Last year, Hilton led his team in points scored, rebounds, blocks, deflections and scoring efficiency (71% eFG%) while ranked 2nd in assists, steals, free throw attempts and charges taken.
Hilton carries a 3.7 GPA and has been in contact with several D2 and D3 schools in the Midwest.
Coach Tim Fuller Player Evaluations
Austin Hilton can shoot with range. Has shown quick release, strong base with deep range on jump shot. Players that can get their 3pt shot off in under one second from time of catch are college prospects. Austin does that with ease – in order to continue to climb for more college looks continue to work on foot speed and athleticism. Very impressed with range, IQ, and ability to get shot off.
Love Austin’s anticipation skills and willingness to give up body to dribble penetration. Especially willingness to take charges – heading into senior year try to work on stepping up earlier into the charge and be there before player takes off. Will be important to continue to work on guarding 84’ and containing faster more athletic players with IQ. Continue to work in passing lanes and off the ball – especially communication on defense.