Solomon Hill Picked by Indiana Pacers: Scouting Report and Analysis

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterJune 27, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28:  Solomon Hill #44 of the Arizona Wildcats shoots the ball over Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half during the West Regional of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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With the No. 23 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Indiana Pacers selected Solomon Hill from the University of Arizona.

Here's everything you need to know about Hill:

Solomon Hill had a successful four-year career at Arizona, gradually improving with each season and eventually growing into a legitimate NBA prospect.

He's been remarkably consistent since 2009-10. Hill has shot between 45.8 percent and 50.2 percent from the floor in each season and at least 35 percent from downtown in three of four years.

Hill is an intelligent, versatile forward who can score inside or out. He's been invited for numerous NBA workouts after averaging 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists on 39 percent shooting from three in his senior season.


Physical Tools

Hill has a rock-solid frame at 6'7'', 226 pounds, though he lacks the length of your standout wing defender. He's got strong shoulders and a wide base that absorbs contact and dishes it out.

He's a good athlete, but not a great one. Hill is nimble and light on his feet. He's quicker than he appears and always maintains body control when on the move.

Check out Hill go coast to coast and hit the last defender with the Eurostep:

You won't see Hill get easy buckets soaring over the defense for high-flying dunks, but you will see him use his body to carefully navigate and will his way to the rack.



Hill can make shots in various different ways.

He shot 39 percent or higher from behind the arc in back-to-back years as a junior and senior. Most of his makes come in catch-and-shoot opportunities as a spot-up option.

He has a quick, balanced and short release.

Hill's balance comes into play in his pull-up game. With a quick first step, he can create separation before rising and firing.


Attacking from the Perimeter

Hill can beat his man off the dribble and slip through seams on his way to the rim. He uses a quick first step and finds the best angle on his drives.

Rarely does he take more than two dribbles before scoring in the half court. It's usually a quick move and a score.

Hill doesn't have the niftiest handle, but it's effective in space. He can eat slower-footed defenders up on the perimeter.



Though Hill is a versatile and fundamentally sound offensive player, he's not a very potent scoring weapon. 

He only notched 20 or more points seven times in four years at Arizona. Hill isn't a guy who can take over a game or put points on the board in bunches.

Overall, he does a lot of things well. He can shoot, pass and finish, though there isn't one thing he does well enough to attract significant attention.

Hill can create his own shot by attacking lanes or pulling up in space, but he's not a very dangerous one-on-one player.

He's smart defensively, though he could be a liability defending quicker, more explosive NBA wings.