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DePaul forward Devin Hill confirmed Thursday he has decided to stay in Chicago after requesting his release from the Blue Demons and will transfer to Loyola.
Hill, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward, took a medical redshirt last season at DePaul after suffering a stress fracture in his left foot early in the year. He played in five games and averaged 5.2 points and 2.4 points. As a sophomore, Hill started 17 games and led DePaul with 26 blocks.
"It was all about [Loyola first-year] coach [Porter Moser]," said Hill, who is originally from Connecticut. "I had known him from high school. I still had a good relationship with him. At first, I wanted to leave Chicago. I wanted something different. Since it was a good situation [at Loyola], I thought it was a better situation for me to stay.
"Another thing is [Moser's] really excited. He has a vision for what he wants to do. It makes me want to do the same and be a better player."
Hill had no ill feelings toward DePaul after departing there after three years.
"I was OK with it," Hill said. "It's never easy to leave. I talked about leaving after the year. The not winning drives you nuts after a while. I think we can win at Loyola. That's a lot easier to get to the top of the Horizon League, and that's what we want to do."
Hill will have to sit out next season per NCAA rules and is expected to have two years of eligibility remaining. Hill will have to appeal to the NCAA for a sixth year.
Hill had surgery on his left foot in the winter and has been back on the basketball court for the last two months.
Hill is the second transfer Moser has received since taking over at Loyola. Former Iowa point guard Cully Payne also previously transferred to play for the Ramblers.
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at email@example.com.
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