For a program to win the top prize six years running, solid recruiting needs to be aligned with a veteran presence, and that veteran presence is exactly what they have in third-year centre Lloyd Hildebrand.
In their Week 13 wins, Hildebrand was a huge inside presence for Red River, recording 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals in a blowout win against CMU, and then a solid 18 points in their four point victory against the second-place Providence Pilots.
These stats are to be expected with Hildebrand at this point, who leads the league in steals, ranks third in points and field goals, and is also top ten in offensive rebounds, blocks, and productivity.
Head coach Sukhvir Singh describes Hildebrand as a “menace” on both sides of the floor, which is a pretty accurate description as his energy and ability to get involved in some way in every play.
Despite their 7-0 start, the Rebels will still have their hands full for the rest of the season, as the conference is experiencing more parity than it has in years. The road to a potential seventh straight title looks harder than ever, but with players like Lloyd Hildebrand leading the charge, every team in the league is going to have a hard time dealing with the Red River Rebels.