George Hill has always been a little different as he developed into an NBA multi-millionaire point guard. That’s why it’s not surprising but nonetheless sweet to see that GHill will graduate from IUPUI on Saturday with a degree from the School of Liberal Arts. This accomplishment comes 14 years after Hill enrolled to play for the Jaguars before embarking on what is now a 10-year and counting NBA career.
The Cavs rolled past the Raptors in the second round of the playoffs which created a few extra off days, so Hill will be able to attend the ceremonies at Lucas Oil Stadium before joining his teammates to tip off the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday. Not only will Hill be there, but he will be one of two student speakers to address the Class of 2018.
This effort to earn his degree as the first in his family to graduate from college has to hold great value for Hill. Considering the fact, his career earnings will eclipse $100 million when his current contract runs out in two years, earning this degree is all about the process and finishing what he started.
As I said, GHill has never had a problem taking a different path. As a rising shot maker in the area, Hill could have found his way to North Central, Lawrence North or any other big high school hoops program in the area, but he remained at Broad Ripple High where he led the state in scoring with 36.2 ppg his senior year. I recall watching him go against a box and 1 defense one night, except in this case the box (four players) were covering George while the 1 remained under the basket.
That was a tough 30. Lots of free throws. So impressive.
Hill also stayed out of the big time college recruiting game, staying close to home for family reasons. And now that family has to be proud of the example Hill is setting for the future generations of the extended Hill family, including his own two children.
Congratulations, George Hill — 2018 IUPUI graduate!