Pacers select Arizona's Solomon Hill in NBA Draft
The Indiana Pacers have selected 6-foot-7 forward Solomon Hill with their first-round pick Thursday night, the 23rd selection overall.
Hill averaged 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his senior season at Arizona. He was the Wildcats' No. 2 scorer last season.
After winning the Central Division crown and pushing NBA champion Miami to seven games in their first Eastern Conference finals appearance in nine years, the Pacers went into the draft looking for depth rather than starters. Hill fits that mold.
He's considered a solid 3-point shooter who can get to the free-throw line and finishes strong at the rim. He's also considered a solid rebounder.
"One of the things that we thought was pretty special about him was his willingness to do anything to win. And as we graded out, number one, his defensive possessions, we thought he was terrific defensively, and as Frank (Vogel) started to get involved, he started to really like him too. So we feel good about that he's going to be a really good defensive player and that's our culture," said Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard.
The Pacers used their second-round pick on center Colton Iverson of Colorado State, then traded Iverson to Boston for cash.
A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed the transaction Thursday night on condition of anonymity because it was not yet official.
Iverson is a 7-foot, 255-pound center who was taken 53rd overall. He started his career at Minnesota. Last season, after transferring to Colorado State, he led the team in scoring with 14.2 points and rebounding at 9.8.
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