Jordan Hill: I Watched D’Antoni Mold Stoudemire

June 29, 2009 – 10:30 am by Tas Melas

I don’t know many Knicks fans personally, but I would think every single one of them was hoping the Golden State Warriors were going to pass on Stephen Curry at the 7 spot, thus, allowing him to fall in to NY’s lap.  Instead, the Warriors chose Curry and the son of Dell showed just a touch of disappointment when he was selected – it seemed he wanted to be a Knickerbocker as well.  The Knicks weren’t unhappy, however, when they picked Jordan Hill from Arizona.  His play forces pundits to throw out several draft key words: long, athletic, high energy, upside.  Jordan Hill joined WFAN to discuss watching Amare Stoudemire in Phoenix, getting up and down the floor, when he knew he was going to be an NBA player, and what he brings to NY.

On New York’s system:

“I love to run up and down the court.  That’s what we did in Arizona, I always run up and down the court.  When Coach D’Antoni was with the Phoenix Suns, I watched him how he molded Amare Stoudemire to the person he was running up and down the floor.  I definitely like that style of game.”

What he thinks he brings to the Knicks:

“Definitely being a high energy guy and rebounding.  I improved rebounding every year since I’ve been in Arizona.  I’m long, athletic.  It’s definitely hard to get rebounds over me.  Rebounding is probably the most important thing I improved.”

When he knew he could be in the NBA:

“I never believed I was going to be one but I wanted to be one, I just had to keep working.  My freshman year I knew I could be good.  The team we had, we had more NBA prospects in there.  I just had to wait for my time to be called and once it got called, I just kept working and working and I got better each year.”

Listen to Jordan Hill on WFAN in New York

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