Darrun Hilliard is an experienced and strong player, one who doesn’t shy away from contact, displays good shooting ability, and can defend the 2-3 positions. The Villanova product brings athleticism and good court vision, with the ability to score with both hands – shooting from deep with the left and finish at the rim with the right.
Darrun Hilliard was born on April 13th, 1993 in a small town in Pennsylvania by the name of Bethlehem, about 46 miles north of Philadelphia. Growing up he played football, but stirred his efforts toward the basketball court, where his father Darrun Sr played in high school. Darrun Jr starred in the local high school basketball scene and received a full scholarship to play for the Villanova Wildcats in the competitive Big East. Under coach Jay Wright, Hilliard made strides from year to year, eventually averaging 14.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his senior year. In the 2015 NBA Draft, he was chosen 38th by the Detroit Pistions.
Hilliard went on to play 77 games in the Motor City, also spending time for the Pistons G-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. He was then shipped in trades to Houston and the Clippers, eventually finding himself in San Antonio in September 2017. Darrun played scarcely for the Spurs and found himself once again in the G-League. In the summer of 2018, he set sails and landed in Europe.
Darrun Hilliard signed for Baskonia and immediately become a center piece for the Basque team, scoring 9.4 points per game in 20.5 minutes. The next summer, he moved to CSKA Moscow, where he contributed 10.6 PPG with 41.2% from deep in his first season. After posting 8.7 PPG and 2 RPG in his second season in Russia, Hilliard joined Bayern.
With the Bavarians, the SG/SF delivered his best EuroLeague season to date in the 2021/22 season, scoring 13.7 PPG. He made 50% of his two-pointers, 38.5% of his threes, grabbed 3 rebounds per contest and added 1.1 steals. In the competitive German league, he had 10.7 points, 2.4 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.