Boys Player of the Year: Hill comes up big for Parrish
by W. Brian Hale
Mar 30, 2014 | 2201 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Parrish’s Barry Hill goes in for a basket during the Tornadoes’ regional victory over Phillips at the Northwest Regional Tournament. Hill was the MVP of the Walker County, Area 13 and Northwest Regional tournaments. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
Parrish’s Barry Hill goes in for a basket during the Tornadoes’ regional victory over Phillips at the Northwest Regional Tournament. Hill was the MVP of the Walker County, Area 13 and Northwest Regional tournaments. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
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Barry Hill’s senior season will go down as one of the greatest overall performances in Walker County history.
Beginning as a member of the victorious North squad in the North-South All-Star Game in the preseason, Hill collected milestones, accolades and achievements in his final season with the Parrish Tornadoes — including signing with the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, being named MVP of the Walker County, Area 13 and Northwest Region Tournaments, as well as placed on the State All-Tournament Team and the Class 1A All-State Team.
Hill also cemented his legacy in the state record books as well — his 234 blocks on the season are third on Alabama’s list and his 13 blocks against Sumiton Christian in an Area 13 contest in January earned him a spot for most blocked shots in a contest.
Hill is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Player of the Year.
Recording seven triple-doubles and 23 double-doubles on the year, Hill was a force in virtually every aspect of the Tornadoes’ game. Averaging over 14 points a game, he proved consistently well on offense, only failing to score in double digits in six of Parrish’s 31 games. His inside shooting ability and natural dunking skills were key in several contests — with his 28 points against Class 6A Hueyton and a 22-point performance against Dora in the Walker County Tournament Championship Game helping the Tornadoes overcome quality opposition.
Hill’s presence on defense proved to be equally effective. The 6-foot-9 post man demoralized opponents and energized fans with his blocked shots, frequently sending deflected balls off the court and out of play. Hill also was on of the top rebounders in the state at 14 boards a game and secured over 20 rebounds in two games.
Outside of his scoring and defensive abilities, Hill’s coaches and teammates commended his calm demeanor and unshakable tenacity in the face of top opposition as a vital asset to the program. 
Often seeking an open teammate or a defensive mismatch, he was quick to dump a pass when signs pointed to an easy basket for his team.
Parrish coach Heath Burns labeled Hill’s season as remarkable, stating that “I’ve never coached a young man who had the type of year he has.”
“Barry was always consistent in everything he did for us. He was beneficial in every statistical category — whether it was scoring, rebounding, blocked shots or steals — Barry was so instrumental to our success,” Burns said. “He did some things this season that I’ve never seen a player do for a basketball team. We had guys this year that could score and he was certainly one of them — he could have easily went out and scored 25 points a game and centered everything around him, but Barry is a team-oriented guy and realized that we needed everyone to win. I’ve never seen a young man more selfish and humble and it was fun to sit back and watch him. Barry is going to be sorely missed at Parrish High School.”

Eagle Elite First Team

Carbon Hill's Gerald Smith, Dora's Kenton Petties and Darian Ramsey, Lynn's Ben Cagle, Oakman's Quinton Harris, Parrish's Barry Hill, Jermichael Harris, Denzell Daley and Reginald Harris, Sumiton Christian's DeMonte Hobbs and Walker's Aaron Morris.

Honorable Mention

Carbon Hill's Chandler Gann, Jordan Henson and Stevie Simerly, Cordova's Jonathan Softley, Curry's Jaxon Aaron, Dora's Kelan Bell, Logan Roberts and Tyler Sims, Lynn's Peyton Moore, Meek's Seth Hayes, Oakman's Purvis Coger, Parrish's Trayvon Chatman, Isaac Chatman, Mykelti Chatman, Sumiton Christian's Vann Lovelady and Cam Mercer and Walker's Riley Graham and Michael Bridges.