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SoCal Native Hill At Home Helping Badgers Prep for Baylor

March 26, 2014

When somebody in the back of the team bus yelled out “Jack in the Box” it was met with relative indifference from 19-year-old freshman Jordan Hill, the only Californian on the Wisconsin roster. Hill would take an In-N-Out burger over the field.

The Badgers practiced Tuesday afternoon at 4,000-seat Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, which is about a 45-minute drive from Hill’s home in Pasadena. “Maybe an hour to 90 minutes with traffic,” he said. “It all depends on the traffic.”

Spoken like a true Southern California native. But he would gladly take gridlock over a Midwest winter. “I’ve had this big smile on my face ever since they told us we were about to land,” said Hill, who began to “decompress” at the mere thought of returning to home turf.

Although he hasn’t spent a lot of time in Orange County, he’s familiar with the surroundings. As a youngster, he attended some games at Angel Stadium, which is across the highway from the Honda Center, once known as the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.

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