Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sixers sign rookies Byars, Hill

-Courtesy of the Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia, Pa. - Sept. 11, 2007 - Philadelphia 76ers President Billy King announced today that the team has signed rookies Derrick Byars and Herbert Hill. Per team policy, terms of the contract are not disclosed.

A 6-7 swingman from Vanderbilt, Byars was chosen by Portland with the 42nd overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. The Sixers acquired his rights on draft night in exchange for the rights to Petteri Koponen (30th overall pick) and cash considerations.

As a senior, Byars averaged 17.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.41 steals while helping Vanderbilt advance to the Sweet 16 of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. He was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year by the coaches and received Honorable Mention All-America honors by The Associated Press. Over his final two seasons, Byars knocked down 142 three-pointers on 40.0% shooting.

Following his senior season at Providence, Hill was selected with the 55th overall pick by Utah in the 2007 NBA Draft. The Sixers acquired the 6-10 post player in exchange for the draft rights to Kyrylo Fesenko (38th overall pick) and future draft considerations.

Hill enjoyed a breakout season with the Friars in 2006-07 and was named All-Big East First Team and Big East Most Improved Player. After averaging 9.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.93 blocks as a junior, he averaged 18.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.94 blocks his senior season. Hill shot 61.4% from the floor during his collegiate career and 78.6% in 10 combined games for the Sixers this past July in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and the Rocky Mountain Revue.

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