Madison Guard Nimrod Hilliard Likes Minnesota

Nimrod Hilliard IV may not sound like the name of a standout guard. Heck, he doesn't even pass the look test with his goggles and thin frame. However, the 5-11 point from Madison (WI) East has continued to prove the critics wrong with his strong play this spring. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Hilliard about his recruitment and his dream school, a college to his west.

Nimrod Hilliard IV averaged 16.5 points per game for Madison East, which finished 15-3 in the Big Eight Conference and were 20-4 overall. The Purgolders started the season 14-0, but went just 6-4 in their final ten games, including a 50-40 loss to Middleton in the playoffs. They split their two games against crosstown rival Madison Memorial, which finish runner-up in the state tournament.

Hillaird has an unusual favorite school from a basketball player from the Badger state.

"I want to go to Minnesota, my dream school," Hilliard said. "They are looking at me. I guess Purdue is looking at me. North Dakota State, South Dakota. A lot of the mid major programs like Wisconsin Green Bay, Detroit. I have a lot of them. I just need to get my weight up, so I can get a high major D1."

Hilliard is working on other aspects of his game along with getting stronger.

"I want my jump shot to be more pure," Hilliard said. "You can always work on everything. My jump shot. My passing."

Hilliard will take on more of a leadership role as a senior with the loss of Wisconsin football signee Marquis Mason, who averaged 18.6 points per game and three other starters to graduation.

"All of seniors are gone," Hilliard said. "Next year, we should do all right, but we are losing a lot of people."

Hilliard plays to attend several camps this summer, including Minnesota's.

"I know that I am going to the Tubby Smith Camp," Hilliard said. "I might go to the South Dakota camp, but other than that, I don't know yet."

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