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Former basketball standout inks international deal

By Khalifah Muhammed
On September 12, 2019

Hill signs her new contract surrounded by former teammates

Former Grambling basketball star Shakyla Hill has signed a new deal overseas to continue her career.    

The multi-use guard inked a contract last week with ZKK Kraljevo, a Serbian women’s basketball team.

With the team needing a new point guard, the team reached out to her agent and negotiated a deal to sign the star player.

Hill made headlines everywhere during her collegiate career after being the first player in NCAA history to record two quadruple-doubles, a feat never achieved by any other player.

During her senior year as a Grambling Tiger in 2018-19, she averaged nearly 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals to help lead the team to 16 victories.

While wearing a Tigers uniform, she racked up 2,073 points to be third all-time at GSU while also recording the most steals at GSU and in the SWAC at 493 total.

As an exceptional player, many predicted her to go to the WNBA and be on a team. Multiple news outlets covering the WNBA had Hill projected to be drafted by a team in the third round and many assumed she would sign easily during the draft in April.

However, as fate would have it, the draft passed and no team picked up Shakyla Hill. The Little Rock, Ark. native expressed her shock in regards to not receiving a call or hearing her name called at the draft.

“I definitely felt disrespected,”Hill stated in an interview with the News Star. “I felt very humbled. I think the disrespect took over more because initially when it didn’t happen I made up in my mind I’m done with basketball.”

She had all but given up on basketball before she received a call from her agent with the offer of a deal.

The deal includes a one year contract with the Serbian team, allowing her the option after the season is up to determine where she wants to go next.

Hill left Monday, Sept. 9 to begin working out with the team and is expected to have an immediate impact on the team and in the locker room once she arrives.

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