Congratulations to Spurs guard George Hill as his college jersey will be retired by his alma mater, IUPUI, this Thursday.
The IUPUI Athletics Department will bestow one of its highest individual honors upon former basketball standout George Hill on Thursday when his No. 3 jersey is retired following the game with UMKC. Hill will be just the second former IUPUI men’s basketball player in the program’s history to have his jersey retired, joining Carlos Knox’s No. 34.
Hill, in his second season with the San Antonio Spurs, is expected to be in attendance as the Spurs are scheduled to play the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.
“This is truly an honor for George and all of his accomplishments,” IUPUI Head Coach Ron Hunter said. “You’re talking about a kid who’s the first in his family to attend college and he’s going to go down as one of the best players in our league’s history. I’m just as proud of the fact that he’s going to get his degree; that’s something he’s set out to do and I know he’ll get it done.
“It’s only fitting that his number three is honored with this retirement.”
Hill was the first player from IUPUI to be drafted in the NBA when the Spurs drafted him in 2008 in the first round.
Hill has come a long way for the Spurs. After an ominous start in his first Summer League in 2008, going scoreless for two games straight, he is now a proven NBA player and a more than adequate back-up to Tony Parker. He even has drawn praise from Coach Pop who he considers his favorite Spur.