Grant Hill and Shaquille O'Neal had long, successful NBA careers, but before making their impact as pros they terrorized their opponents as college stars at Duke And LSU, respectively. Now they're being recognized for their collegiate greatness. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2014 class on Tuesday, and Hill and O'Neal were the biggest names on a list that also included college greats such as Louisville's Darrell Griffith and coaches Dale Brown of LSU and Gary Williams of Maryland. Playing on some of coach Mike Krzyzewksi's early dominant teams at Duke, Hill, the son of former NFL running back Calvin Hill, emerged into an All-American as a senior, averaging 15 points and six rebounds in his final season as a Blue Devil. He helped lead Duke to back-to-back national championships in 1991 and 1992, the first ever titles for the school. O'Neal was a force almost the moment he stepped onto campus in Baton Rouge, playing for fellow inductee Brown. Averaging 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks over his three years as a Tiger, O'Neal was a first-team All-American and the national player of the year in both his sophomore and junior seasons before leaving for the NBA, becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. Griffith was a key player on the 1980 Louisville team that won the national title, earning national player of the year honors after averaging 18 points, five rebounds and three assists per game. Brown spent 25 years as the coach at LSU, making it to the Final Four in 1981 and 1986. Williams, a graduate of Maryland, was the head coach of the Terrapins for 22 years, leading them to a national title in 2002.
Grant Hill, Shaquille O'Neal headline 2014 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class
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