UND Roster

2008-09 Men's Basketball Roster

#33 Zach Hillesland


Height 6'9''
Weight 228 lbs.
Class Senior
Hometown Toledo, OH
High School St. John's Jesuit

SENIOR SEASON (2008-09): One of four captains during his senior season … played in 112 career outings and made 53 starts … posted a career scoring average of 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds… earned 33 starts in the 35 games he played … averaged 4.6 points and 4.9rebounds in final campaign … netted double figures in five games … grabbed fiveplusrebounds in 22 games … led the Fighting Irish in rebounding twice … receivedthe Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award for thesecond straight season … also copped the Captains[apos] Award … scored 13 points,grabbed eight rebounds and dished off four assists in starting the season openerversus USC Upstate … tallied four points and grabbed six rebounds against LoyolaMarymount … scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off three assistsin win over Texas at the EA Sports Maui Invitational … notched five points and fiverebounds against North Carolina in the title game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational… matched career-high by grabbing 12 rebounds against Furman, in addition toscoring eight points and dishing off five assists … scored six points, grabbed ninerebounds and made a career-high five steals against South Dakota … four pointsand four rebounds against Ohio State … finished with 11 points against Boston University… registered six points and seven rebounds against Delaware State … scoreda career-high 17 points in BIG EAST season opener against DePaul as he finished8-11 from the field, in addition to grabbing six rebounds … notched four points andfour rebounds at St. John[apos]s … five rebounds and two points in triumph of nationallyrankedGeorgetown … netted five points and dished off six assists against SetonHall … scored six points and grabbed five rebounds versus Louisville … grabbedfive boards in back-to-back games against Syracuse and Connecticut … came offthe bench in the Marquette and Pittsburgh games … finished with 12 points againstPittsburgh … played a career-high 35 minutes and scored 11 points and grabbedfive boards at Cincinnati … had three points and five rebounds at UCLA … collectednine rebounds and netted two points against Louisville … grabbed five andsix rebounds in games against USF and West Virginia, respectively … four pointsand four rebounds at Providence … did not play against Villanova due to a bruisedsternum … returned from the injury and notched four points and eight boards versusSt. John[apos]s … six points in a win over Rutgers in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament… grabbed five rebounds in a setback to West Virginia in the second roundof the BIG EAST Tournament … scored seven points and collected five reboundsin a win over New Mexico in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament… scored two points and grabbed six rebounds in a loss to Penn State in thesemifinals of the NIT.

JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08): Played in all 33 games and made 16 starts … averaged career best of 6.1 points and 5.2 rebounds … came off the bench in the first 15 games of the season … started firstgame of the season against Villanova … scored in double figures in six games …matched career-high and season-highs with 14 points and nine rebounds, respectively,in BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal loss to Marquette as he scored in doublefigures for the second straight game for the second time during the season … scoredsix points and grabbed a season high 11 rebounds, in addition to dishing off five assistsin first-round NCAA Tournament win against George Mason … registered doublefigures in season finale at South Florida as he scored 10 points and grabbed sevenrebounds … netted double figures for the third time this season in win over DePaul with10 points and five rebounds … in second meeting against DePaul, dished off a seasonhighseven assists and scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds and made two steals… followed that performance with six points and six assists against St. John[apos]s … scored10 points and grabbed seven rebounds in win over Marquette … finished the Villanovagame with two points, six rebounds and matched a season-high four assists while playinga season-high 28 minutes and had seven points and three rebounds in 27 minutesagainst Providence … scored seven points against Seton Hall … grabbed six reboundsand dished off three assists, in addition to scoring four points against Pittsburgh … hadone of his best all-around games of the season against Syracuse in win as he scored sixpoints, grabbed four rebounds, dished off a season-high six assists and made a careerhighthree blocks … scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds and dished off assistsagainst Louisville … missed the North Florida game with sprained right ankle sufferedin the previous outing against Brown … finished with eight points, seven rebounds andthree assists in the seasonopener against LongIsland … scored ninepoints and grabbed sixrebounds against Monmouth… grabbed fiverebounds and scoredthree points versus Baylor… netted doublefigures for the first timethis season against GeorgiaTech as he scored 12points and grabbed fiverebounds in 27 minutes… followed that up witha 10-point performanceagainst Youngstown Statewhich marked the firsttime in his career withback-to-back doublefigureoutings … alsograbbed five reboundsin contest and dished offthree assists … finishedwith four points andfour rebounds againstColgate … did not scorein the win over KansasState, but did come upwith a season-high ninerebounds … had one ofhis best all-around effortsof the season againstNorthern Illinois as hescored eight points,grabbed five rebounds,dished off four assistsand matched his career-high with three steals in 16 minutes off the bench … scored fourpoints and grabbed eight rebounds against San Francisco … netted four points, dishedoff four assists and grabbed five rebounds against brown … scored five points in BIGEAST opener against West Virginia and had five rebounds in win over Connecticut … insecond meeting against Huskies, scored four points, grabbed six rebounds and dishedoff four assists … scored four points and grabbed seven rebounds against Georgetown… scored five points and grabbed six rebounds versus Rutgers … grabbed five-plusrebounds in 21 games and dished off four-plus assists in nine games.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07): Played in all 32 games and was in the starting lineup on four occasions … averaged 5.8 points and 4.8 rebounds … scored in double figures in six outings … played 31 minutes and finished with 10 points on 5-8 shooting and six rebounds versus Winthrop… started in place of Colin Falls (out with an injury) against Elon for his first career startand finished with six points and three rebounds and also earned a start against Portland… made third start of season and third of his career against Syracuse due to foot injury toRob Kurz … responded with fourth double-double of season as he scored a career-high14 points and grabbed 10 boards, in addition to dishing off six assists while playing a career-high 34 minutes … also was in the starting lineup in loss at South Florida and played18 minutes … came off the bench against Providence and matched his career-high inpoints (14) and minutes played (34) as he connected on 7-11 shots from the field … alsograbbed eight rebounds, dished off three assists and made two steals … has scored indouble figures in five games and grabbed 10-plus rebounds in four contests … recordedfirst double-double of his career in season opener versus IPFW with career-highs of 11points and 12 rebounds while playing 20 minutes … nearly pulled off a triple-double inwin over Seton Hall as he netted a career-high 12 points as he connected on 6-10 shotsfrom the field, grabbed 10 rebounds (second 10-plus rebounding effort of his career)and dished off a career-high eight assists while playing 25 minutes … finished withnine points, three rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots against South Florida …scored six points in win over Louisville in BIG EAST opener … scored seven points andgrabbed seven rebounds in loss at Georgetown … scored seven points off the bench inwin at Cincinnati … played a then career-high 32 minutes against St. John[apos]s and finishedwith six points and six rebounds … in 21 minutes off the bench, scored six points andgrabbed seven rebounds against Villanova … played 25 minutes in win over Marylandoff the bench and contributed eight points, nine rebounds and a career-high, four assists… dished off five assists in win over DePaul … scored two points and grabbed eightrebounds against Rutgers … had four points, five rebounds, three assists and three stealsin win over Lafayette … grabbed four rebounds against The Citadel … started the secondhalf against Lehigh and finished with 11 points (as he connected on 4-5 shots from thefield … also grabbed seven rebounds, dished off three assists and made two steals playing22 minutes … scored six points, grabbed four rebounds and dished off three assistsagainst Winston-Salem … also scored six points and grabbed four rebounds againstPortland, in addition to dishing off two assists and making two steals … finished with sixpoints and five rebounds against Army … scored six points and dished off three assistsversus Rider … scored five points, grabbed three rebounds, dished off two assists andmade two steals against Stony Brook.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06): Appeared in 12 games and in five BIG EAST contests and averaged 0.6 points and 0.2 rebounds … scored his first collegiate points on two baskets in the win over Niagara … also scored two points on two free throws against Fordham … played in the seasonopener against Lafayette … came off the bench and played a season-high 10 minutesagainst Florida International … had assists in the Florida International and Fordham contests… grabbed a rebound in the Hofstra, Florida International and Fordham games …missed the Villanova, West Virginia game with back spasms and the Louisville gamewith a broken thumb … scored two points in win over Rutgers.

AWARDS AND HONORS: Notre Dame Captains[apos] Award (2009) … BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team (2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06) … Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley RockneStudent-Athlete Award (2009 and 2008) … Notre Dame Best Defensive Player Award (2008) … Most Improved Player Award (2007).

HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team all-state pick as a senior, in addition to garnering first-team all-conference and all-city honors … averaged 15.3 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game asa senior en route to leading St. John[apos]s to its fourth consecutive Toledo City League title …a first-team Academic All-Ohio honoree in his final scholastic campaign … also selectedto the Toledo Blade all-star team as a senior … notched 13.0 points and 9.0 rebounds pergame, while shooting 60 percent from the field as a junior … led his squad to a regionalchampionship and the state title game 2003-04 despite missing 10 games with a kneeinjury … recipient of second-team all-city and honorable mention all-district honors asa junior … led St. John[apos]s Jesuit to the state semifinal game as a sophomore … three-timeconference defensive player of the year … finished prep career with over 700 points andnearly 500 rebounds and 200 assists … high school coach was Ed Heintschel … alsolettered twice in soccer helping his squad to a regional championship as a sophomore.

PERSONAL: Full name is Zachary Paul Hillesland … oldest of two children … Christian Service Program and Peer Tutoring participant … son of Diann Cairns … father, the late Dan Hillesland,played basketball at Augustana … born 11-13-86 in Toledo, Ohio … member ofNotre Dame[apos]s Academic Honors Program … graduated from the Mendoza College ofBusiness in May of 2009 with a degree in marketing.

Season G-GS Min./Avg. FG-FGA Pct. 3FG-3FGA Pct. FT-FTA Pct. Off Def Tot Avg. Ast. Stl. Blk. PF-D Pts./Avg.
2005-06 13-0 29/2.2 3-6 .500 0-0 .000 2-2 1.000 0 3 3 0.2 3 0 0 5-0 8/.06
2006-07 32-4 628/19.6 70-121 .579 0-0 .000 44-76 .579 41 112 153 4.8 71 33 13 81-1 184/5.8
2007-08 32-16 716/22.4 72-144 .500 1-2 .500 50-72 .694 45 122 167 5.2 80 24 14 73-0 195/6.1
2008-09 35-33 827/23.6 59-141 .418 0-0 .000 43-77 .558 54 119 173 4.9 80 23 9 86-4 161/4.6
TOTALS 112-53 2200/19.6 204-412 .495 1-2 .500 139-227 .612 140 356 496 4.4 234 80 36 245-5 548/4.9
HILLESLAND in the BIG EAST Conference
Season G-GS Min./Avg. FG-FGA Pct. 3FG-3FGA Pct. FT-FTA Pct. Off Def Tot Avg. Ast. Stl. Blk. PF-D Pts./Avg.
2005-06 5-0 7/1.4 1-1 1.000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 1-0 2/0.4
2006-07 16-2 339/21.2 40-76 .526 0-0 .000 20-36 .556 21 60 81 5.1 42 14 8 44-1 100/6.3
2007-08 18-13 409/22.7 40-83 .482 1-2 .500 22-35 .629 17 65 82 4.6 51 9 8 47-0 103/5.7
2008-09 17-15 412/24.2 26-66 .394 0-0 .000 20-36 .556 25 53 78 4.6 33 10 4 42-3 72/4.2
TOTALS 56-30 1167/20.8 107-226 .473 1-2 .500 62-107 .579 63 178 241 4.3 127 33 20 134-4 277/4.9