Thomas Hill (basketball)

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Thomas Hill
Personal information
Born (1971-08-31) August 31, 1971 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolLancaster (Lancaster, Texas)
CollegeDuke (1989–1993)
NBA draft1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
PositionShooting guard
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Lionel Hill Jr. (born August 31, 1971) is a retired American professional basketball player.

A 6'5" shooting guard, Hill played at Duke University from 1989 to 1993, winning two NCAA Championships (1991 and 1992).[1][2] His teammates at Duke included Grant Hill (no relation[3]), Christian Laettner, and Bobby Hurley. Thomas Hill received Third Team All-ACC honors in 1991,1992, 1993 and was a team captain during his senior season.[4]

He played in 141 career games for Duke, 6th on their all-time list as of March 28, 2010; directly behind Jon Scheyer, and tied with Brian Davis.[5]

After graduating, Hill was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 2nd round (#39 pick overall) of the 1993 NBA Draft.[6] Hill never played an NBA regular season game but he did play in some preseason games where he scored a high of 14. He played in the Australian National Basketball League for the Perth Wildcats.[7]

Thomas Hill's father, Thomas Sr., won a bronze medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Hill is perhaps best remembered for his emotional reaction after his Duke teammate Christian Laettner hit a last second shot to defeat Kentucky in the elite eight of the 1992 NCAA Tournament. After Laettner hit the shot, a CBS camera panned to Hill who appeared to be crying of joy with his hands on top of his head.

After his basketball career Hill proceeded to coach for Avenues: The World School in New York City and currently coaches varsity basketball.


  1. ^ 1991 NCAA Championship box score Archived January 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. CBS Sports. Retrieved on January 28, 2008.
  2. ^ 1992 NCAA Championship box score Archived November 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. CBS Sports. Retrieved on January 28, 2008.
  3. ^ John Rolfe and Dalton Ross. Grant Hill: Superstar Forward. Rosen, 2003. page 56.
  4. ^ Thomas Hill at Duke Update. Retrieved on January 28, 2008.
  5. ^ "Notes: Duke 78, Baylor 71 – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  6. ^ 1993 NBA Draft. Retrieved on January 28, 2008.
  7. ^ Tim Morrissey. "Basketball notebook". Daily Telegraph. November 12, 1999.

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