Wildcats' Hill picked No. 23 by Indiana

2013-06-27T19:09:00Z 2013-06-27T23:18:24Z Wildcats' Hill picked No. 23 by IndianaBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 27, 2013 7:09 pm  • 

The Indiana Pacers selected Arizona Wildcats forward Solomon Hill with the 23rd pick in today’s NBA Draft.

The pick was something of a surprise because Hill had been projected as a second-rounder.  But UA coach Sean Miller said last week there was “momentum” building for Hill to be taken late in the first round or early in the second.

Hill's agent, Chris Emens, said he knew the mock drafts that had Hill going in the second round, or not at all, were way off because of how Hill's workouts had been going and the feedback he had received.

"To me he’s a can't miss rotation guy -- and that's the worst case," Emens said. "Best case he’s a hell of a team player who can help anybody." 

Shortly after the pick, Miller expressed delight on Twitter.

"Don't know if I have ever been happier as a coach than when I saw Solomon became a first-round pick in the NBA!" Miller said, adding a hashtag that said "#honoredtheprocess."

As the No. 23 pick, Hill will receive a guaranteed two-year contract worth just over $1 million annually.

"Very thankful to the Pacer organization for turning a dream into reality," Hill said on Twitter. "Can't wait to get to work."

Hill averaged 13.4 points and 5.3 rebounds with the Wildcats last season while earning all-Pac-12 honors.

The Wildcats have three other draft candidates remaining: Forward Grant Jerrett, guard Mark Lyons and guard Kevin Parrom, but only Jerrett is expected to be drafted.

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Hill received immediate congratulations from several former Wildcats on Twitter:

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 8 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 2 0 0.750
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Loyola Marymount at
Stanford
12/17 58-67
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 58-67
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18 8:00 pm
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
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