In Sports Illustrated's Vault listing of the top 50 Greatest Sports Figures from Virginia, #11 is Duke standout Grant Hill, who moved to Reston, Virginia when he was a preschooler. While at Southlakes High School in Reston, Hill became the first freshman to ever skip the freshman and junior varsity teams and go straight to the varsity squad at the Northern Region's powerhouse program. In his Junior year, Hill and his teammatesin finished with the best record (27-2) in his Coach Byrd's 21 years. Hill's senior year he carried the Seahawks to the school's first Northern Region championship after winning the Great Falls district titles in every season since his freshman year. Hill is still the school's second all-time leading scorer with 2,028 points.
"I'm a Virginia boy," Hill told the Fairfax Times in 2010.
Considered one of the best all around players of the game, while playing college basketball at Duke, he was the 1994 ACC Player of the Year, a two-time NCAA All-American, and a two-time NCAA champion. Hill became the first player in ACC history to score more than 1,900 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots to help Duke to two national titles (1991, 1992).
As a professional he was the 1995 NBA co-Rookie of the Year, and was a seven-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection, and three-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award (wikipedia).
In 2013, Hill retired from the NBA after 18 seasons.
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