30. Grant Hill
When the time came to choose a college, Hill’s mother was adamant that he chose Georgetown, while his father believed North Carolina was the best route for his future. In the end, Hill decided to attend Duke University, where he played all four years with the Blue Devils. Hill’s freshman season started out smoothly, as he came off the bench to contribute 11.2 ppg, 5.1 rbg during 24 minutes per game. Hill’s size at 6’8’’ gave him leverage when he needed it inside the paint. As his career wore on, Hill could always use his size to bully defenders down low, but he had to evolve as as shooter after his freshman season. The progression as a shooter started in the paint and expanded outward. Once he was plugged into the starting lineup early in his sophomore season, his offense soon took over.
Steadily, his point production soared. Averaging 14.0 ppg during his sophomore season, and this evidently grew deeper. By the time he reached his senior year, Hill had refined his game fully. Not anymore was he a “tweener” in the post. His shot could be from anywhere, even from the perimeter. Just like his progression as a shooter, Hill was forced to make great strides defensively. Already gifted with a tall frame, Hill had no problem staying in front of his defenders. However, his success “on-the-ball” and in the passing lanes turned him into a perfect NBA lottery pick. During his final two seasons, Hill won the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation’s top defensive player in 1993, and in 1994 he was the ACC Player of the Year. As a whole, Hill broke countless individual records. He became the first player in ACC history to collect more than 1,900 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots.