Arizona Wildcats basketball: Miller says Hill could be first-rounder

2013-06-20T14:20:00Z 2013-06-22T16:23:37Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Miller says Hill could be first-rounderBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 20, 2013 2:20 pm  • 

After talking with about eight NBA teams over the past 10 days, Sean Miller says he has found former Wildcat forward Solomon Hill is showing enough during team workouts that he could even slip into the first round of next week's NBA draft.

"His greatest characteristics showing through are that he’s a great competitor, a hard worker, a good player who is highly intelligent and highly motivated," Miller told the Star today at McKale Center. "When he shows up for a workout, he’s showing up comprehensively prepared and I believe that Solomon has really helped his stock.

"There’s a lot of momentum for Solomon late in the first round, certainly early in the second."

Miller said the feedback he's received on forward Grant Jerrett, who left UA as a freshman, is much more varied.

"With Grant, you have a lot of wide range and varying perspectives," Miller said. "You can talk to someone who looks at him if he’s available late in the second round, they'd take him. I know his agent says he has a few people who are interested if he’s available at the end of the first round. A lot of it will depend on these next seven days before the draft."

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While Aaron Gordon is headed to Prague and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has been finishing up high school, Miller said freshman guard Elliott Pitts has arrived on campus along with Kansas transfer Zach Peters.

Miller said he has already been holding some of the limited summertime workouts that are now allowed under NCAA rules but will save most of his allotted time for later in the summer, when the entire team is expected to be on campus.

Miller said Peters, who left Kansas after suffering multiple concussions, has been working his way into practices and weightlifting but that the Wildcats have been doing more skill work so far this summer and not having full-contact practices yet.

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Hill's numbers rate in the middle of the pack of 20 top small forward prospects that Draft Express took a look at.

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