DURING his most recent season playing basketball, in Mexico, Anthony Hill helped his team win a championship.

Along the way, they also recorded a 16-game win streak.

Hill, 33, is hoping to bring that same winning feeling to Sunraysia as the newest import for the Mildura Heat men, starting with the first game of the season this weekend.

Hailing from Milwaukee, the 201cm Hill described himself as a versatile player capable of guarding any position.

He started his career as a centre, became a stretch four and, more recently after working with NBA pros, has found comfort at the three spot as well.

“I feel that I can pass the ball, I can shoot the ball, I can create my own shot, I’m very coachable,” he said.

“I have a very high IQ for the game. I’m a team man. I’m a great teammate. I want to get all of the guys involved. Sometimes I’m a pass first type of player, although I feel like I am a tremendous scorer as well. So, I just feel like versatility is my game.”

As a college player at the University of Milwaukee, Hill was named in the Horizon All-League First Team his senior year.

Destinations on Hill’s resume as a pro include Portugal, France and Germany, picking up accolades along the way.

“My goal is to get better every year and now my goal is to win a championship every year and get the highest honour, so whether that be MVP or whatever the case may be, I feel like there’s no going backwards from what I’ve done so far,” he said.

Winning a championship in Mildura was the main goal.

“I feel like when you come out here, you know, what are you playing for if you’re not playing to win, so my mentality is to win,” he said.

Hill touched down last Friday and quickly became acquainted with his new team mates.

“I love it, we already had a dinner with the guys,” he said.

“We discussed what we’re going to do, what our aspirations are for the season.

“Coach Calvin (Henry) is truly amazing individual, he’s been making me feel like I’m at home and it actually feels like home.

“I know it’s an English speaking country, but it feels more like people are genuine and people really want to see you succeed – and that’s something that I need.

“You know, being a little older, I realise like it’s about rapport and building relationships to take it further than basketball, so the guys are awesome. Like, they’re funny, they’re fun.”

The Division 2 men’s team tip off their Big V season away to Surf Coast tonight.

The Division 1 women’s team will travel to play Bellarine in their opening round clash.

By MICHAEL DI FABRIZIO