George Hill headed into the IUPUI Athletics Hall of Fame
Indianapolis native and Broad Ripple High School product George Hill will be going into the IUPUI Athletics Hall of Fame early next year. Hill, the 16th former men’s basketball player to earn induction, headlines a three member class which is also includes Jay Bradley and Brandy Moser-Salisbury.
“It means a lot,” Hill said. “It says a lot about the university that cares for you and things like that. It’s a great honor. I’m blessed to be in that position.”
Hill is proud of his hometown roots. After all, he’s introduced at home games as ‘The Hometown Hero,’ and that’s a role he embraces.
He has a section at home games with Paul George, the G2 Zone, and he is consistently giving his time to the community. Most recently, he helped stuff about 60,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger, a program he traveled all the way to Haiti in the offseason to support. The list goes on and on.
The inductees were announced Tuesday night, in front out a sold-out crowd for the school’s game against Evansville. It’s no surprise that Hill was not only there, signing autographs, taking pictures and supporting his school, but he also invited G2 Zone members to join him.
The induction ceremony will take place at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis on Friday, Jan. 31.
With a sick great-grandfather, Hill didn’t want to go far away for college ball and so he played for coach Ron Hunter at IUPUI from 2004-08. He was the Summit League Player of the Year in 2008 and ended his collegiate career with 1,619 points, 546 rebounds, 317 assists and 155 steals in 95 games. Selected 26th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs, Hill is the only player ever drafted out of IUPUI.
In his time with the Jaguars, he led the team to a 61-30 record, including a school-record 26 wins in the 2007-08 season.