The other starting small forward last season, Hillesland has more athleticism and strength than Ayers. While he showed little ability to step outside and make the jump shot last season, he has reportedly improved his shooting ability dramatically over the summer. As Lucid reported in one of the comments further down, a 21 point game in Ireland reinforces the belief that he will be a much improved offensive force this season.
Hillesland will take Rob Kurz's high post position in the offense and will hopefully grab Kurz-like numbers in rebounds this year (adding two a game from 5.2 last year). In 07-08, he also averaged 6.1 points per game in 22.4 minutes. Somewhat of a point forward last year, Hillesland has the ability to run the offense from the perimeter. His overall play has made him one of Coach Brey's favorite players. Look for Zach to make some big strides from contributing a little in each category to becoming an overall force.