The Indiana Pacers selected Arizona Wildcats forward Solomon Hill with the 23rd pick in today’s NBA Draft.
The pick was something of a surprise because Hill had been projected as a second-rounder. But UA coach Sean Miller said last week there was “momentum” building for Hill to be taken late in the first round or early in the second.
Hill's agent, Chris Emens, said he knew the mock drafts that had Hill going in the second round, or not at all, were way off because of how Hill's workouts had been going and the feedback he had received.
"To me he’s a can't miss rotation guy -- and that's the worst case," Emens said. "Best case he’s a hell of a team player who can help anybody."
Shortly after the pick, Miller expressed delight on Twitter.
"Don't know if I have ever been happier as a coach than when I saw Solomon became a first-round pick in the NBA!" Miller said, adding a hashtag that said "#honoredtheprocess."
As the No. 23 pick, Hill will receive a guaranteed two-year contract worth just over $1 million annually.
"Very thankful to the Pacer organization for turning a dream into reality," Hill said on Twitter. "Can't wait to get to work."
Hill averaged 13.4 points and 5.3 rebounds with the Wildcats last season while earning all-Pac-12 honors.
The Wildcats have three other draft candidates remaining: Forward Grant Jerrett, guard Mark Lyons and guard Kevin Parrom, but only Jerrett is expected to be drafted.
Hill received immediate congratulations from several former Wildcats on Twitter:
YEAAAA SOLO!!! Man you don't know how happy I am right now ... My roommate for two years .. He improved so much man .. This is crazy.— Derrick Williams (@RealDwill7) June 28, 2013
Solo Hill!!! #BearDown!!!— Nic Wise (@TheNicWise) June 28, 2013