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Source: Darrun Hilliard has an NBA chance

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Villanova's senior forward is attracting interest from some NBA rosters early in the Wildcats' season

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Darun Hilliard, Villanova's senior guard, is attracting early interest from NBA franchises, according to one source close to an Eastern Conference organization who spoke to SB Nation on the terms of anonymity.

"He's big and strong with a solid lefty stroke," the source said. "His shot is easy flowing. He has a good midrange game combining jump-stops and floaters and can pull-up off the dribble. Our organization considers him a potential NBA player depending on how well he can defend his position."

Hilliard, a 6-foot-6 senior, started his season in a slump but has picked up his production in recent outings. He scored 20 points against Temple on Sunday and 15 points two weeks ago against Big 5 foe La Salle. He's currently averaging 11.6 points. 2.6 rebounds and two steals per contest.

The Bethlehem native ended last season on a high note and spent his summer at the Lebron James and Kevin Durant skill camps, reserved for the nation's top pre-NBA talent where he was observed by many scouts and personnel. But one NBA scout was a little more reserved on Hilliard after watching him this summer.

Though, he did admit that he did have a chance in the league after his performance last season.

"He can be as anemic as he teammates sometimes," the scout said in terms of evaluating league talent. "But he has a chance to survive in the league. Hilliard is long and can shoot, and can compete for his overall skill and is worth monitoring,"