Villanova Basketball Preview 2013: Darrun Hilliard

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As we creep closer to the exhibition game vs. West Chester, we will be previewing the roster on a player-by-player basis. Next up is the junior guard from Bethlehem, PA.

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA

High School: Liberty

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 215

2012-13 Stat Line

MIN FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
1015 117 290 40.3% 39 124 31.5% 113 153 73% 2.8 1.6 0.3 1.6 2.3 1.9 11.4

Career

Year MIN FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
2012-13 1015 117 290 40.3% 39 124 31.5% 113 153 73% 2.8 1.6 0.3 1.6 2.4 1.9 11.4
2011-12 524 47 126 37.3 21 72 29.2 23 30 76% 2.4 1.0 0.3 0.4 1.8 0.8 4.8

Last season, Darrun Hilliard was the third-leading scorer for the Wildcats and was close, statistically, to both JayVaughn Pinkston and Ryan Arcidiacono, the two players ranking ahead of him in that category. At times during the season, he looked as good as anyone on the roster, but other nights he seemed to be quiet and disappear.

The second aspect of his game that was drastically improved from his freshman season was his ability to generate turnovers, as he led the team with 1.6 steals per game. Hilliard's length on the perimeter and his ability to cut into passing lanes led to some easy point in transition.

The lefty-shooter pushed his way into the starting line-up last season, starting all 34 games, and earning national college player of the week honors in January 2013.

Best Case Scenario: While again tripling his production may prove to be too much, Hilliard becomes the go-to-guy for Villanova on the offensive end, and finishes the season leading the team in points per game. His consistency finally catches up to his talent level and he's relied upon heavily by his teammates.

Worst Case Scenario: The streakiness continues with regards to his perimeter shooting, and his progression seemingly halts during a frustrating junior season. He's still a productive player by the stat sheet, but his year feels too similar to the 2012 season.

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The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds experiment for the 2013-2014 season. In this series, we ask that you consider the points raised in our player preview and your own personal insights and instincts to predict the points per game each scholarship player on the roster we score in the upcoming season.

What do you think the upcoming season holds for Darrun? Use the voting buttons below to predict the points per game you think he will score this year. We'd love to understand your thinking, so try to post a comment to tell us how you arrived at your prediction.

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