Idris Hilliard: Making Name for Himself

With the 2006 Reebok ABCD camp now complete, one player that improved his stock greatly was Idris Hilliard, a 6-7 210 lb combo forward from Roselle, NJ (Hun School). In this report, WeAreDePaul.com's Dan Stack talks with Hilliard while at ABCD about his recent school visits and recruitment.

Idris Hilliard is a sculpted athlete who only knows how to play one way: hard. Hilliard is a great combo forward although more suited to play the power forward position with his tenacity and in-your-face attitude. Consider him in the same mold as NBA superstar Ron Artest. That comparison may be unfair but Hilliard only lacks a perimeter game from being dominant. He can rebound, run the floor, and finish. DePaul assistant coach Gary DeCesare was on hand to take in a lot of Hilliard's games at the ABCD camp.

For his efforts on the court, Hilliard is receiving some major interest from college coaches. "I got five offers from Rutgers, Providence, DePaul, Marquette, and St. Joe's. I got Wake Forest, Miami, Iowa State, Michigan, and a bunch of schools (showing interest)," Hilliard remarked on the schools that are after him.

According to Hilliard no leader has emerged. Recently Hilliard went on an unofficial visit to both Marquette and DePaul. "They were good. I like Marquette and DePaul. I didn't get that great a feel for them. First of all, (Blue Demons) Coach (Jerry) Wainwright wasn't there (Wainwright was coaching with 18 and Under U.S. National team). I got to know the assistant (Ramon Williams). It was still cool," Hilliard declared. "He (Williams) took me around (campus), but DeCesare is the one who is actually recruiting me," Hilliard further explained.

Hilliard does get along good with the staff he added, "They're real good guys. Like Coach Wainwright's son (Scott), I really like him, and Coach Williams. Coach Williams will be sending text messages every once in awhile, and I'll talk to him. So, they're cool."

Hilliard also likes the way Wainwright works with players his type. "I heard that Coach Wainwright does a real good job with combo forward types," said Hilliard. He likes what the staff did for the game of Wilson Chandler (Big East conference all-freshman team) and he sees that he can help in much the same way.

Look for Hilliard on the AAU circuit with Team Jersey Elite as he improves his stock. With five scholarships to give, Hilliard is one player the DePaul coaching staff will have their eye on. Look for more updates on Hilliard's recruitment in the coming months. So keep it at WeAreDepaul.com for all the breaking news and info.

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