Draft Night Coverage 2013
Pacers Take Solomon Hill With 23rd Pick
The Pacers selected Solomon Hill, a small forward out of Arizona, with the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The pick came as a surprise to many, but the Pacers management got a good look at Hill, bringing him in twice for pre-draft workouts.
Hill is a gym rat and NBA junkie whose deep knowledge of and passion for the game was obvious after just a few minutes of conversation.
At 6-foot-7 and 226 pounds, Hill has a diverse skill set. As for a guy he’d aspire to emulate, Hill expressed admiration for Lamar Odom’s do-it-all ability.
“I think he’s not too flashy, he does everything,” Hill said following his first workout with the Pacers. “…It might be a night that he scores two points and has 10 rebounds. I figure I’m a guy that can really stick in any situation and do little things that count.”
Hill talked at length about the importance of taking advantage of opportunities and carving a niche at the next level, citing Spurs guard Gary Neal and the Pacers’ budding superstar Paul George as prime examples.
Hill says he can defend multiple positions, hit the boards hard, and handle the ball some. But perhaps his best attributes are his 3-point shooting and basketball intelligence.
For proof of both qualities, look at his career at Arizona. Hill hit just 4-of-18 3-point attempts as a freshman. But in his senior year, Hill took 146 threes and shot an impressive 39 percent clip from long range.
Hill attributed the improvement to his “love of the game.” He recognized that players were playing off him and taking away his drive, so he put in the hours in the gym getting shots up to improve his versatility.
While Hill might not wow scouts with his physical gifts, he hopes to win some over with his hard work.
“The greats have a great work ethic,” Hill said. “They say Kobe and MJ never sleep. You think about those guys doing what they do on a nightly basis, if they don’t sleep, what’s my excuse?”
Pacers Take Iverson with 53rd Pick
With the 53rd overall pick, the Pacers drafted Colton Iverson, a forward out of Colorado State. According to reports, from ESPN's Andy Katz and the Associated Press, the Pacers will trade the pick to Boston in exchange for cash. Any trade has yet to be officially announced.
Draft Night Details
Throughout the evening, we'll be posting videos, photos, interviews, and analysis from draft night 2013, including a post-pick interview with GM Kevin Pritchard.
We will also follow along with the new Pacers player upon his arrival in Indianapolis and host a video chat. Come back to this page for more detail.