Hill is ACC Player of the Year

March 15, 1994

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Grant Hill, the final link to Duke's 1991-92 national titles, was the overwhelming choice yesterday as The Associated Press Player of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The 6-foot-8 senior received 100 1/2 votes out of a possible 113 cast by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association.

"Certainly there are many outstanding players who could have been chosen, and to be included among that group is an honor itself," Hill said.

"As part of the ACC regular-season championship team, I would be remiss to not acknowledge my teammates and their efforts to make me better throughout the season. For that, I am grateful to them and hope they share a part of this highest honor."

Hill is the first player in ACC history to have more than 1,800 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots in a career.

This season, he averaged 17.3 points and 6.5 rebounds for the 23-5 Blue Devils. Hill also added 142 assists, 54 steals and 33 blocked shots, along with his share of dunks that rocked the fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

"He's been incredibly consistent," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski

said yesterday about his star. "I think he's helped us become a balanced team in not trying to take too many shots and making sure he was available to do dirty work and not just shooting the basketball."

THE VOTING

Voting for The Associated Press Player of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association:

Player, Team .. .. ... .. .. .Points

Grant Hill, Duke .. .. ... .. 100 1/2

Randolph Childress, W. Forest 6

Bob Sura, Fla. State .. ... ..3 1/2

James Forrest, Georgia Tech ..1

Eric Montross, North Carolina 1

Joe Smith, Maryland .. ... ...1

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