June 29, 2017
By: Al Di Carlo
Darrun Hilliard excelled at Liberty high school before enjoying a great basketball career at Villanova and now he is living his dream of playing in the NBA. After being drafted in the second round of the 2015 draft by the Detroit Pistons, Hilliard is still looking to make his mark in the pros.
After two years in Detroit, that saw him average 10 minutes and four points a game, Hilliard has seen his days as a Piston come to an end. On Wednesday, Hilliard was traded first to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations and then immediately to the LA Clippers as part of the trade that sent Chris Paul to Houston.
But, the Clippers have until Saturday July 1 to decide if they are going to waive the former Liberty high standout or guarantee him his 1.4 million dollar salary. If indeed he is waived and clears waivers he will then become a free agent and could sign anywhere. But for now, he is a member of the LA Clippers and only time will tell where Hilliard will continue his NBA career.
Hilliard was back in the Lehigh Valley for a couple of weeks and got a chance once again to visit his former coach Chad Landis and teammates as they took part in the Bash at the Beach basketball tournament at Cedar Beach while also taking in the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks playoff game versus Columbus.
Coach Landis tells me “Darrun is great about giving back with his resources as well as his time(which is more valuable). When he comes home, he usually comes out to a summer league game, practice or a basketball camp and the kids love getting a chance to see him.”
Hilliard is the second all-time leading scorer at Liberty with 1,413 career points and finished his four year college career at Villanova with 1,511 points to go along with 400 rebounds.
Here’s hoping a new team will lead to more success in the future for one of our own here in the Lehigh Valley.