Sunday, March 9, 2014

The understated brilliance of Darrun Hilliard

When I saw the all-Big East teams that were released today, I was peeved to see that Darrun Hilliard, who has arguably been the most consistently productive offensive player in the Big East who isn't named Doug McDermott was only "honorable mention" on the teams listed. Sure, he was "honored", but it's a bit of a backhanded one for a player who has been consistently scoring 12-20 points in just about every Big East game.

Unfortunately, Darrun was snubbed for the honor for precisely the reason that I cited for him to deserve the honor, and that is that he's so consistently good, but isn't flashy. The understated nature of his game is  part of the reason that I love Darrun as a player. He wasn't a highly touted recruit, but he is on pace to score more than 1,000 points in only three seasons, and his offensive role only figures to grow next season. He is criminally underrated and is on a trajectory that looks like it could peak on an NBA roster 18 months from now.

Enjoy the ride, and thanks for an incredible season that hasn't yet ended, Darrun.

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