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
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington 3 4 0 0.429 14 5 0 0.737
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Washington at
Utah
1/25 56-77
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
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