"He is a consummate student athlete," Smith said. "He's great pickup for St. Joe's. "
Hilliard had a solid summer playing for the New Jersey Elite. He competed hard and impressed many coaches playing for the Elite at the Super Showcase in Orlando, Florida."
Hilliard also seriously considered Rutgers too. "Has a lot of upside," Smith said. "The reasons are that he works very hard and looks like his game is improving each year."
Smith added it was a tough decision for Smith, who liked both coaching staffs a lot.
Brian Towey contributed to this story