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Grant Hill To College Hall Of Fame

Duke Legend Honored

July 10, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; NBA player Grant Hill in attendance during Team USA practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center.
July 10, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; NBA player Grant Hill in attendance during Team USA practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center.
Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Grant Hill was rightly honored Tuesday when he was elected to the College Basketball Hall Of Fame.

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Hill's career is not fully appreciated and is defined by two plays. First, the spectacular alley-oop against Kansas in the title game in 1991, his freshman year, and second, the pass to Christian Laettner for his epic winning shot against Kentucky in 1992.

But to us, the play which most typifies Hill's brilliance came at home against UNC in, we're pretty sure, his senior year:

Hill fell back as UNC came down with a 4-on-1 break. UNC had the ball in the lane and it seemed like a certain score.

Didn't happen: Hill broke up a 4-on-1 break by itself.

You can look at great plays in the Krzyzewski era and pick a few as truly spectacular: Laettner's shot, Hill's dunk, Johnny Dawkins' game-saving snuff on Notre Dame's David Rivers and Austin Rivers epic game winner against UNC.

Those are the ones which really burned themselves into one's memory. But Hill's defense on that play was absolutely astounding.

His greatest skills, his greatest contributions, were always under the radar. But make no mistake: Hill is the most talented player Duke has ever seen.