"I made it through the tryout camp, the Headliner Camp," Hilliard said. "I played good there and they invited to Reebok Camp and I did pretty good. The coaches then started figuring out who I was."
For Hilliard, getting the invitation to the big camp in Philadelphia was huge not only for his game but for his outlook. "It really opened my eyes to how big basketball really is. It opened my eyes a lot."
Credit Temple for being there early on Hilliard. The Owls were the only school to have offered him a scholarship prior to the camp. This year, in addition to the Owls, head coaches from VCU and St. Joseph's have been in to see him.
Hilliard, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, pumps in 19 points a game. Growing up in Pennsylvania, Hilliard had a front row seat for Delonte West's college career and takes a measure of pride in molding his game after West's.
"He's a lefty, he can do it all. He listens to his coach, does things for the team and excels at what his coach needs him to do and gets the job done."