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Strong finish from Shakyla Hill

By Candace Coleman
On April 25, 2019

Grambling State’s Shakyla Hill recorded two quadruple-doubles in her collegiate career, while surpassing the 2,000 career points mark in her final season. Hill was named Boxtorow National Player of the Year. She was also named the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Courtesy photo.

Shakyla Hill

With all of her accomplishments on the Grambling State University Women’s basketball team, Shakyla Hill finished the year off with a bang racking up three major awards to end her senior year and collegiate career.
Grambling State University and the Southwestern Athletic Conference honored the senior point guard with the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year, Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year, and to top it off, the Student Athlete of the Year.
“I felt happy and much appreciated that my school and athletic department chose to honor me,” said Hill after the awards ceremony held at Grambling.
The senior psychology major from Little Rock, Arkansas was a tough competitor not only this year, but in all her years as a member of the women’s basketball team. In Hill’s freshmen year during the 2015-2016 season, received Second-Team All-SWAC honors after starting in 21 of the 31 games.
By her sophomore year, the quick fast guard played and started in all 34 games averaging 15 points per game and leading the conference in assists and steals. That year, Hill was the only player in the conference ranked in the top five in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, minutes played, assists and steals.
With all of those accomplishments, one of her greatest contributions to Grambling State University was leading the team to a Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship title at the end of her junior season of 2017-2018.
Although GSU wasn’t able to take home another championship title to shadow their great success last season, Hill achieved ground-breaking milestones as a player.
Not only did she lead the conference in scoring, she became the only player in NCAA Division I history to ever record two quadruple-doubles, which brought her national recognition across the United States by NBA greats like Lebron James (who is Hill’s favorite player) and James Harden.
“She is literally like no other player Grambling has ever seen,” said Jazmin Boyd, close friend and teammate from Hattiesburg, Miss. “I’ve never played with anyone like her on any level, and I don’t think I ever will (again).”
For all the right reasons, Hill will be honored for ages to come for all her heights and accomplishments that she has made here at Grambling State University and she is humbler than ever.
“I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to play here. I met so many people, and gained so many experiences and I’m just thankful for it all,” Hill said.
The graduating point guard and fashionista was more than excited to keep everyone on the ends of their seats with her plans for after college.
“I definitely have a lot of plans…but as they are being fulfilled, I will definitely let my Gramfamily know,” Hill joked when asked what would be next.
With her high aspirations and great chance of playing basketball on the next level, everyone is still cheering for her for not only what she has already accomplished, but also all her accomplishments to come.

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