Idris Hilliard Taking Trips

Idris Hilliard hasn't received a ton of national attention, but the New Jersey native has done just fine for himself since coming to the Hun School from Roselle, N.J.

Idris Hilliard was young for his grade and didn't get the exposure he was looking for at Roselle Catholic (N.J.), so he and his mother figured the best option was to go to Hun School (N.J.) and re-do his sophomore year.

The 6-foot-6 1/2 , 200-pound Hilliard, who plays with Galen Smith's New Jersey Elite team in the spring and summer, appears to have made the right decision – as he's received Big East and other high-major interest.

Hilliard isn't a big name nationally because Hun doesn't play a national schedule, but the athletic forward who still needs to improve the consistency on his perimeter jumper plays hard when he steps onto the court.

``He can do a lot of things," Hun coach Jonathan Stone said. "He's very explosive and can make plays you can't necessarily teach."

Hilliard, 16, is likely upset after watching his favorite player, Villanova senior swingman Curtis Sumpter, re-injure his knee earlier this week.

Hilliard aspires to have the same kind of versatile game as Sumpter, but it's his athleticism that has gotten the attention of college coaches.

``I want to go somewhere that I have a good relationship with the coaching staff and also a good college academically," Hilliard said. "I want to have something to fall back on."

Some of the schools that Hilliard rattled off include St. John's, St. Joseph's, Rutgers, Georgetown, Virginia, Wake Forest, Kansas State, Penn State and Georgia Tech.

He has already been to St. John's and Rutgers on unofficial visits – and recently took an unofficial to Georgetown for Midnight Madness. He also plans to head to Virginia and Richmond soon.

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