The Big East Conference had to wait a while, but a player representing the league finally heard his name called near the end of the night.
Villanova Wildcats small forward Darrun Hilliard has been selected by the Detroit Pistons in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft.
Our friends at VU Hoops do a good job of dissecting his strengths here:
Hilliard's strengths lie in his size and ability to shoot. At 6'6″ he's got good size for a guard at the professional level. His best asset is his ability to shoot the ball from the outside. Darrun connected on 39.95% of his three-point attempts over his junior and senior seasons. While not an elite slasher, he's also demonstrated a knack for getting in to the lane and finishing with either hand at the rim at a high clip.
Defensively, Hilliard was a stalwart of Jay Wright's man-to-man defense and 3/4 court trap. Playing at the top of a 1-2-2 trap, Hilliard used his length and instincts to cause a ton of turnovers. In the half court, his motor, footwork, and discipline will be an asset at the next level where he may be tasked with matching up against a more skilled offensive player.
Our own Sean Saint Jacques profiled Hilliard and had this to say about his abilities in the PnR:
In the pick and roll, Hilliard is also an asset because of his body and 3-point accuracy. He can pick and pop, which leaves him open for a three point shot that he will likely knock down. Hilliard can also roll to the basket and finish at the rim.
We wish nothing but the best for Hilliard in his next step!