I know his positive interviews have been discussed a bit, but I'm taking it further than that in my opinion. As the title suggests, I'm so impressed with him as a person that even if he goes out with a Haskin like career without even being injured I'll still be pleased with the pick and happy he had a shot with this team.
As nice as a guy like Granger comes across, Hibbert's fluid poise and ability to thoughtfully express himself is staggering by pro athlete standards and stands out as more than just "a nice guy". He's devoid of go-to phrases, lots of "ums", and all the other trappings of someone who's not quite sure what they want to say next. That puts him ahead of even your average college student at this point.
Clearly they've done a great job of populating the team with pretty positive image players and having Granger move into even more of the spotlight should work out well. But Hibbert seems beyond even that, he's a guy ready to go into speaking engagements right now or perhaps do some writing.
And for that I'm giving him a 100% pass on ANY on-court production. His personality suggests he'll give his best no matter what and that gives him a chance to succeed. But even if he doesn't I'm glad they made him a Pacer.
He wasn't my pick for that spot and I have my doubts about his game at the NBA. But at 17th and with his personality and approach I'm not just prepared to live with whatever he gives the team, I'm happy to do so.