Darrun Hilliard spent the larger part of his college career under the radar. He came to Villanova as a potential red shirt because Coach Jay Wright was worried about his small stature. But Hilliard bulked up and became one of the best players in the Big East. His explosive performance over his junior and senior years surprised a lot of people, even though true Wildcat fans knew he was this good all along.
After the heartbreaking loss to N.C. State and one of the best seasons in Wildcats history, these pre-draft workouts are exactly what Hilliard needs. Despite scoring 27 points in the contest, Hilliard felt he should have done more to help his team win.
“When we first lost, I thought about it every day, every single day, every single second,” said Hilliard in an interview with WEEI.com. “I put a lot on myself. I should’ve had 30 points.”
The lefty was the Wildcats’ best long-range shooter, and was nearly unstoppable in clutch situations. It is these qualities that have attracted the attention of so many NBA teams.
“It was awesome. I’m living the dream,” said Hilliard, when asked about yesterday’s workout with the Lakers. “To do what I’ve been doing, shooting, showing off my athleticism, being a team player, decision making, things I’ve been doing in college. Just trying to stay positive and enjoy the process.”
Hilliard also said he’s been showing some skills he wasn’t asked to display at Villanova.
“I’ve showed off some ball handling that’s better than what people thought, my athleticism is better than what people thought, and coaches have been saying I’m bigger than they thought. I don’t know how TV portrays my size, I guess people are surprised by it,” he added.
Today, Hilliard will be working out with the Indiana Pacers, trying to impress the coaching staff with not only his skills, but also his work ethic and attitude.
“It’s a journey. I’m not even supposed to be here. Not every day you can wake up and workout with NBA teams. I’m enjoying it and loving it.”
Hilliard will also be working out with the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks in the near future.
In his own words, “If you name it, I’ve probably been there.”