Indiana Pacers select Solomon Hill with the 23rd pick

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With the 23rd pick in the NBA Draft, the Indiana Pacers have selected forward Solomon Hill from the University of Arizona.

Hill was First Team All-Pac 12 Conference as a junior and senior, averaging 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds over 139 games in his career. He scored a season-high 23 points with six rebounds against Stanford this season. Hill also scored double figures in 27 of 35 games played this past season. Hill stands at about 6’7, 220 pounds.

The Pacers had Hill in for two different pre-draft workouts, most recently on Monday, June 24th.

“There are two traits that we really identify for us and our whole team and that is toughness and unselfishness,” said General Manager Kevin Pritchard. “One of the things that we thought was pretty special about him was his willingness to do anything to win. As we graded out, number one, his defensive possessions, we thought he was terrific defensively.  As Frank (Vogel) got more involved, he started to really like him too.”

The Pacers drafted Colton Iverson in the second round, but reportedly traded that pick to the Boston Celtics for cash.