Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Late Tuesday afternoon, reports began to surface that Liberty High School senior Darrun Hilliard had made his college decision. At a 5 o'clock news conference at his high school on Wednesday, Hilliard made the announcement. The talented guard will be playing his college basketball in the Big East conference, for Jay Wright at the Villanova Wildcats.
Entering the summer, Hilliard was already receiving significant recruiting interest. Temple and Saint Joseph's both offered the 6'5 guard during his high school season. Hilliard also took in the Saint Joseph's home game against Dayton this season. Hilliard is the fourth local 2011 recruit to choose a Big East school. John Johnson (Pitt), Jaylen Bond (Pitt), Aaron Brown (Pitt), and now Darrun Hilliard will all see each other in two years in Big East conference play. In the end, Hilliard chose Villanova over "Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, and Boston College," according to Groller's Corner Blog .
I got the opportunity to watch Hilliard's high school, Liberty, take on Penn Wood in the state playoffs this past winter. In the game, that Penn Wood won en route to a birth in the state championship game, Hilliard was arguably the best player on the court. While Penn Wood boasted a number of Division 1 prospects, including Penn State football commitment Shawn Oakman, West Virginia-bound senior Aaron Brown, and Hartford-bound Tyree Johnson, it was Hilliard that most impressed. In the game, Hilliard showed an ability to knock down shots from three, while also getting to the rim with ease. At the rim, Darrun is able to finish with both hands.
Hilliard joins a recruiting class that includes guards Tyrone Johnson, Ashcraf Yacoubou, and big man Markus Kennedy.
Photo Above Courtesy of Lehigh Valley Live