July 11, 2007
Hillesland: Notre Dame's instant energy
After logging just 29 total minutes in 13 games as a freshman, forward Zach Hillesland announced his arrival in Notre Dame's first game of the 2006-07 season when he made all five of his shots from the field and snagged 12 rebounds in 20 minutes of action in a 92-49 victory over IPFW.
It was a precursor of a diverse sophomore season in which Hillesland did a little bit of everything.
Hillesland might be defending the opposing team's big man one minute, and then snagging a defensive rebound, driving the length of the court, and dishing an assist at the other end.
Or he might he head up on an opposing team's best ball handling forward. Or he could be dishing out eight assists, as he did against Seton Hall, or six assists versus Syracuse while hitting all six of his free-throw attempts.
The only thing Hillesland didn't do was shoot three-pointers-he attempted exactly zero in 2006-07.
As far as Brey's concerned, he doesn't care if Hillesland ever shoots a basketball outside of the paint.
"I don't even want him worried about a jump shot," said Brey of the 6-foot-9 junior, who has upped his weight to 235 this summer.
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