Grant Hill got great news Thursday. The two-time All-American and national champion at Duke learned he would be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame along with Steve Nash and Jason Kidd.
The 18-year NBA veteran also went to seven All-Star games and was named to the All-NBA first team in 1997, but his four years at Duke were some of the years that made him so famous.
Hill still follows the Blue Devils closely and talked with Omnisport about the team's season which ended with an 85-81 loss in overtime to Kansas in the Elite Eight.
What stood out to Hill in particular was how head coach Mike Krzyzewski adjusted to a zone defense midseason which is not traditional to Duke basketball.
"I think the thing that makes Coach K great is how he's been able to adapt and adjust through the years, and he realizes this team is a big team, a lot of small teams we're playing, and what's best for us to go into that zone and so he figured it out," Hill said.
"Midseason they embraced it and became a zone team and came very close to taking that zone to a Final Four, so he had just an amazing season, and it didn't show in the end result, but I think what they were able to do was pretty special."
The matchup with Kansas Sunday was one to remember though. It took a 3-pointer in the final minute of regulation by Svi Mykhailiuk to force overtime which helped the Jayhawks to a victory.
Some were calling the game one of the best in NCAA Tournament history. While that may be a bit ambitious, Hill was certainly impressed by how the Blue Devils played, and how Bill Self coached up a smaller team to take on the big men of Duke.
"Duke could have very easily won it, (but) Kansas made the right plays at the right time and you really have to tip your hat to them, that was an impressive effort," Hill said. "A small team like Kansas out rebounding Duke which is one of the top rebounding teams in the country, just little things like that I think they showed a lot in that game."
This is part one of an interview with Grant Hill. Check back with Omnisport in the coming days for more.