Corey Hilliard gets Minnesota interest

Corey Hilliard, a 6-1 junior guard from Raytown (MO) South, helped lead the K.C. Pump N Run team to the Sabes Invitational semifinals this past weekend. Hilliard is receiving recruiting interest from many Midwest programs, including Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Hilliard to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Corey Hilliard was named the Suburban 6 Conference Payer of the Year and to the Missouri Basketball Coaches All-District team. Hilliard led the Cardinals to a 21-7 mark, losing to Rockhurst 64-61 in the Class 5 District 13 tournament, despite scoring 18 points.

Hilliard averaged 10.8 points and 3.0 assists per game as a sophomore and was named to the All- Suburban 6 Conference first team as the Cardinals finished 16-11.

What schools are you hearing from right now?

"I have an offer from Missouri State. I am hearing from Minnesota, Arizona State, Kansas State, Missouri and a whole lot of Missouri Valley schools."

What school went to watch you the other week during the open period?

"It was Missouri State, Illinois State, Colorado, Indiana, all them."

What are you working on to improve as a player?

"I want to work more on ballhandling, better ballhandling. My mid-range game. My three ball. I want to work on my defense. I feel like I play pretty good defense, but I want to get it even better, where I can lock down any good player in the country."

What is Raytown South looking like next season?

"We lost a lot of seniors. A lot of height, but we got myself and Ishmail Wainright (a 6-foot-5 highly-rated freshman) coming back, so we should be pretty good."

What camps are you planning on attending this summer?

"I am going to the Chris Paul camp (for the top point guards in Chicago) and the NBA Camp. I might go to a couple of school elite camps."

What are you hearing from Minnesota?

"I have been hearing from Coach Ron Jirsa. He really likes me, so I have been hearing from him a lot. I am supposed to be checking out the campus later this week after the tournament."

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