Experience, toughness drew Pistons to Hilliard

Terry Foster
The Detroit News

The Pistons looked for toughness and more shooting Thursday night in using their second round pick (38th overall) to select 6-foot-6 shooting guard Darrun Hilliard from Villanova. He averaged 14.3 points a game his senior season with Villanova and shot 40 percent from the 3-point line. He is considered a strong spot-up shooter and solid defender. He is not afraid to make the extra pass and is a good ball handler.

Hilliard is from Bethlehem, Pa. and was first Team All Big East as a senior.

"Darrun is an experienced, heady basketball player that has been part of a winning program filled with intangibles, filled with basketball skills and toughness," Pistons general manager Jeff Bower said. "I am excited to see him available in the second around to add him to our team."

Assistant general manager Brian Wright was impressed with the improvement that Hilliard made in his four years at Villanova.

"He brings versatility and size for his position," Wright said. "He can shoot the ball. I think the way he plays is a very nice fit for us."