Hook Dillon

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John "Hook" Dillon
Personal information
Born (1924-01-08)January 8, 1924
Savannah, Georgia
Died January 18, 2004(2004-01-18) (aged 80)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Benedictine (Savannah, Georgia)
College North Carolina (1944–1948)
NBA draft 1948 / Round: -- / Pick: --
Selected by the Chicago Stags
Playing career 1949–1950
Position Small forward / Power forward
Number 22
Career history
1949–1950 Washington Capitols
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 36
Assists 5
Games played 22
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

John "Hook" Dillon (January 8, 1924 – January 18, 2004) was an American basketball player.

He played collegiately for the University of North Carolina from 1945 to 1948. Prior to attending UNC, he previously played in the Savannah (GA) Ice Delivery city league and Benedictine Military Academy.

Dillon earned All-America honors in 1946 and 1947. He was the leading scorer on the 1946 team, which was UNC's first team to ever reach the Final Four. He first started gaining national attention early in 1946 against New York University in Madison Square Garden when he scored 21 points, many on his deadly hook shot. After the game, the media declared his shot to be one of the best ever showcased in Madison Square Garden, and the nickname stuck.

Because of his national accolades, Dillon's number 13 was honored by the University of North Carolina and currently hangs in the rafters of the Dean Smith Center.

Dillon had a brief professional career with the Washington Capitols of the NBA.[1]

He died on January 18, 2004.


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