2013 NBA Draft: Indiana Pacers Pick Solomon Hill

Mar 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Solomon Hill (44) dunks against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half of the semifinals of the West regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Solomon Hill’s selection came as a surprise to many. The former Arizona Wildcat was not projected to have his name called until the second round. Clearly the Indiana Pacers’ front office sees something the rest of the NBA world does not.

If I could sum up the situation surrounding Danny Granger in one word, it would be inconclusive. The Pacers would be more than happy to bring back their number one scoring option, but nothing is a given in this league. That being said, Indiana decided to secure a backup with some upside in Solomon Hill. During his career at Arizona, Hill was never the main name in the media circus; he also failed to show significant improvement in his senior season. His rebounding numbers and shooting percentages both decreased.

Some positives about Hill’s game is that he has the desire to achieve greatness. He will do the dirty work on the glass and play hard every possession. With the proper guidance, Hill can negate his physical short-comings, and become a solid role player on both sides of the ball.

Solomon Hills brings question marks to the table. Frank Vogel has to make sure he does not give Hill too much too early. A limited role with limited minutes is the ideal situation for Hill; it allows him to see the game from a different perspective and ultimately mature as a player.

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