Friday, October 26, 2007

6th Man

Zach Hillesland- 6-9 / 233, Toledo, OH-

Our energy guy. Mr. Everything. Hillesland looks to be a force off the bench once again this year. Averaging 19.6 minutes a game last season with 5.8 points and 4.8 rebounds, he played in all 32 games and started four times.

A three-star recruit out of high school, he also attracted some interest from Michigan, Stanford, Northwestern, and N.C. State. He could be a starter next season with two of the other three members of what is shaping up to be the best recruiting class in recent memory for the Irish. Fellow juniors McAlarney and Ayers have already claimed starting positions, while Zeller and Hillesland will likely take over after Rob Kurz graduates.

Until then, Hillesland will continue to see extended minutes off the bench for the Irish. His best attribute is his energy, on both ends of the floor. Some of Notre Dame's best possessions will come with Zach subbing for any one of the starting five. Can play both forward spots and be squeezed into the 2 role if Coach Brey wishes to go big. A fan favorite for his teamwork work ethic, Hillesland certainly is one of the most famous and feared bench players in the conference.

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