Freeport’s greatest basketball players No. 10: Brian Hildebrand ’ahead of his time’ – Sports – Rockford Register Star

Elwanda Tulloch

Thirty years ago, most 6-foot-7 small-town basketball players stayed in the paint.

Not Orangeville’s Brian Hildebrand.

“He was ahead of his time,” former Orangeville coach Brian Benning said. “He was so versatile with his range. That’s what caught the eye of the college scouts. He was silky smooth with the most beautiful shot you could ever envision. Just a beautiful textbook jump shot.

“He had great range and great touch around the basket as well as medium range and long range. We didn’t have him shoot many long-rangers. We didn’t need to, but, boy, he could.

“He could do pretty much everything, and he could do it very well. That was really uncommon for someone his size back in the late 1980s and early 90s. He was a pioneer. He would fit in today’s game even better than he did back then. His game traveled well. He could play inside,

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