The Charlotte Hornets announced last Thursday that they have signed Virginia Tech guard Ahmed Hill to a two-way contract, per team release. Hill fills out the Hornets’ second and final two-way contract after they signed Washington State forward Robert Franks on July 9th.
Ahmed Hill, an undrafted guard out of Virginia Tech, fits the mold of a modern NBA shooting guard. Hill is listed at 6’5″, and he has a consistent three-point shot (39 percent for his career) along with the craftiness and athleticism to finish at the rim. He spent the summer playing for the Brooklyn Nets during the Las Vegas Summer League where he played just above 18 minutes per game, averaging 6.8 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting (41.2 percent from three) along with 2.3 rebounds per game.
Hill tweeted Thursday that he was “Beyond blessed for the opportunity.”
Beyond blessed for the opportunity. Words can't describe how much this means to my family and me. All Glory goes to you God. Extremely thankful. https://t.co/9lz0WCahcZ— Ahmed Hill (@MED_XIII) September 5, 2019
Ahmed Hill fills up the Hornets’ 19th roster spot of the 20 maximum that they are permitted to have for training camp starting at the end of the month. The team currently has 13 players under guaranteed contracts and can have up to 15 on their regular season roster, along with two two-way contracts who can spend a maximum of 45 days with the team during the regular season. Two-way contracts are not fully guaranteed and are flexible, so they can be cut or promoted to an official NBA contract at any time.
Stretching the Floor
Ahmed Hill brings the Hornets another dynamic perimeter scorer who can light it up from deep. During his senior season with the Hokies at Virginia Tech, Hill averaged 13.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in 35 games played (all starts). Hill played in 134 games during his four-year collegiate career, shooting 39 percent from three for his career (589 attempts). He has proven he has NBA range as the video below shows, including a moderately quick shot release with the ability to make contested threes.
The Hornets are at the beginning stages of a rebuild, so their top priority is player development, as head coach James Borrego has echoed multiple times throughout this summer. Ahmed Hill is the type of player, if developed correctly, that has the chance to potentially contribute to an NBA team a few years down the road. Hill will spend the majority of his rookie season developing his game with the Greensboro Swarm under head coach Joe Wolf, but he will definitely see real-time NBA minutes for the Charlotte Hornets during the 2019-’20 season.