The San José State men's basketball team has signed 6-foot-6 shooting guard Jaycee Hillsman to a National Letter-of-Intent for competition beginning the 2015-16 season. Head coach Dave Wojcik made the announcement.
"Jaycee is an intelligent and mature young man," Wojcik said."On the floor, he is an outstanding shooter and play maker for his teammates, and there is no question that he will make an immediate impact in the Mountain West utilizing his terrific size and skill set."
Hillsman spent the 2014-15 season playing at Don Bosco Prep in Crown Point, Ind., where he averaged 23 points, six rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc. Throughout a national schedule Don Bosco played against La Lumiere and Orangeville Prep among other top-tier prep schools. Hillsman led all teams in scoring at the prestigious La Lumiere Classic tournament in 2014-15.
Prior to attending Don Bosco, Hillsman graduated from Simeon High School in Chicago, Ill., where he helped lead his team to an Illinois State High School Association Class 4A section championship as a senior.
On the way to the section finals, Hillsman hit a last-second three-point basket that sent the semi-final game against St. Charles North into overtime, which ended in a triple-overtime Simeon victory.Simeon High finished the year 35-5 and was the regional champion. Along the way, Hillsman garnered second-team All-Pontiac Holiday Tournament honors and was one of the state's top three-point shooters.
Before transferring to Simeon, Hillsman was an All-East Central Area first-team selection as a sophomore at St. Thomas More High School. That season, he averaged 17.8 points per game and was a two-time in-season tournament MVP at the Schlarman Topper Classic and Monticello Holiday Tournament. Hillsman finished the season shooting 44 percent from three-point range and was an 87 percent free throw shooter.
Hillsman also played AAU ball with the Illinois Dawgs, Meanstreets, and most recently competed in China with a prep school team representing the USA against China, Croatia, and Lithuania. Jaycee led the international tournament in scoring at 21 points per game.
"I am thrilled to announce the signing of Jaycee Hillsman," Wojcik said. "Not only is he a terrific basketball player, but an outstanding person first and foremost. Jaycee comes from a great family in Champaign, Ill., and has been coached at a high level at both Simeon and Don Bosco Prep. Jaycee is a great addition to the Spartan family."
Hillsman joins junior college All-American Gary Williams, Jr. (Ottumwa, Iowa), Indiana all-state forward Ryan Welage (Greensburg, Ind.), ESPN four-star rated forward Cody Schwartz (De Pere, Wisc.) and defensive standout Brandon Clarke (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the group of 2015-16 signees.