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Hill is Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer, boys or girls, with 3,894 points

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State women’s basketball head coach Jim Foster today (April 17) announced the signing of Minneapolis South High School standout Tayler Hill to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Buckeyes next season.

Hill, a 5-foot, 10-inch shooting guard and the two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota, is one of the most sought-after female recruits in Minnesota high school history, starting when she led the state in scoring as an eighth grader in 2005 before finishing with more points than any other player in Minnesota history with 3,894 points. As a senior this past season she averaged 31.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.7 steals as Minneapolis South won the Class 5A state championship behind a tournament-record tying 47 points by Hill. She is a 2009 McDonald’s All-American, giving Foster four on his roster for next season.

Hill’s commitment also marks the third year in a row that Ohio State has signed the player of the year from another state. Brittany Johnson was the 2007 Illinois Player of the Year while Samantha Prahalis won New York player of the year honors in 2008.

Hill joins Ohio standouts Emilee Harmon, a 6-foot, 2-inch forward and 2009 Associated Press Ohio Co-Player of the Year from Pickerington Central High School in Pickerington, Ohio, and Brianna Sanders, a 5-foot, 11-inch guard from Princeton High School in Cincinnati, as Ohio State’s class for 2009-10.

A brief bio on Hill is below:

Tayler Hill
Minneapolis, Minn.
South High School
Guard, 5-10

One of the most heralded female athletes in Minnesota high school history … ended her career as Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer (boy or girl) with 3,894 points … ranked as the No. 12 prospect on ESPNU/Hoopgurlz Top 100 recruits for 2009 and the top player in the state … 2009 McDonald’s All-American … averaged 31.4 points (1,006 points), 7.6 rebounds, 5.7 steals and 2.3 assists her senior year for Minneapolis South in leading the Tigers to a 31-2 record and a Class 5A state title … scored a tournament record-tying 47 points in the 68-61 victory over Centennial … also set a tournament record by making 20 of 23 free throws … 2008 and 2009 Gatorade and Associated Press Minnesota Player of the Year … played in four state tournaments … started for the varsity as an eighth-grader … only player to be a five-time Star Tribune All-Metro first team selection … 2008 USA Basketball U18 Trials … 2008 Nike Regional Skills Academy …2007 USA Youth Developmental Festival … first eighth grader to ever lead state in scoring (22.5 ppg)… first eighth grader in state history to be named first-team all-state, all-metro first team … Club Team: Minnesota N.C. Heat … chose Ohio State over Minnesota, Duke, Marquette and Texas as her finalists … brother, P.J., is a guard on the Ohio State men’s basketball team.