After selecting forward Stanley Johnson in the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons decided to go guard in the second round by selecting Villanova’s Darrun Hillard with the 38th overall selection.
Here’s a quick rundown of who he is, how he fits and the pick grade:
Who is he?
Darrun Hillard was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – a thriving community in the middle of PA’s Lehigh Valley. He was an all-state player in high school before committing to Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcat basketball program. He played four years for Nova, improving every year in every statistical category. As a senior, he would go on to earn first-team All Big East honors as well as being selected as a second team All-American by Sporting News in his final season with the Wildcats.
How does he fit?
The road to a roster spot, let alone a meaningful role on the team, will be a long and winding one for Hillard. The Pistons are loaded with guards and wing players so the chances of Hillard working his way past the likes of Spencer Dinwiddie and Jodie Meeks are little to none. However, his shooting ability and size on the wing was intriguing enough for the Piston’s front office to give him a shot. At best, he will likely end up playing his first couple years with Detroit’s NBA D-League team, the Grand Rapids Drive.
Pick Grade: C-
Hillard can shoot the basketball (just under 40% from three his last two years at Villanova) but he lacks heavily on raw athleticism and has iffy shot selection. He wasn’t rated very high on any of the scouting draft boards so I think it’s safe to say that Detroit may have reached a bit with this selection. Maybe SVG sees something in Hilliard that we don’t.