Grant Hill becomes first Duke player selected into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

For the first time since opening its doors in 1959, a Duke player will enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Duke legend Grant Hill is one of 13 members inducted into the 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, according to ESPN writer Jeff Borzello.

Hill, whose No. 33 jersey is in the rafters at Cameron Indoor Stadium, was a two-time All-American and captured two national championships with the Blue Devils. Hill

During his 19-year NBA career, Hill was co-Rookie of the Year with Kidd in the 1994-95 season, made seven All-Star appearances and was a five-time All-NBA selection.

Hill is in Duke lore for his role in the desperation play in the 1992 NCAA tournament regional final against Kentucky, considered to be one of the greatest college basketball games of all time.

With Duke trailing 103–102 in overtime and 2.1 seconds left after Kentucky’s Sean Woods made a floater, an unguarded Hill heaved the in-bounds pass 75 feet across the floor into the hands of Christian Laettner, who took one dribble and spun before draining the game-winning shot from just beyond the free-throw line as time expired.

The other members of the 2018 class are Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Lefty Driesell, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Rod Thorn, Charlie Scott, Rick Welts, Dino Radja and Ora Mae Washington.

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