Bill McGill

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Bill McGill
Bill McGill basketball.jpeg
Personal information
Born (1939-09-16)September 16, 1939
San Angelo, Texas
Died July 11, 2014(2014-07-11) (aged 74)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Jefferson (Los Angeles, California)
College Utah (1959–1962)
NBA draft 1962 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Chicago Zephyrs
Playing career 1962–1970
Position Power forward / Center
Number 12, 40, 24, 14, 25
Career history
19621963 Chicago Zephyrs / Baltimore Bullets
1963–1964 New York Knicks
1964 St. Louis Hawks
1965 Los Angeles Lakers
1967–1968 Grand Rapids Tackers
1968–1969 Denver Rockets
1969 Los Angeles Stars
1969–1970 Pittsburgh Pipers
1970 Dallas Chaparrals
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points 3,094 (10.5 ppg)
Rebounds 1,286 (4.4 rpg)
Assists 330 (1.1 apg)
Stats at

Bill "The Hill" McGill (September 16, 1939 – July 11, 2014) was an American basketball player best known for inventing the jump hook.

NCAA achievement

A 6'9" center/forward from the University of Utah, he was the NCAA scoring leader in the 1961–1962 season with 1,009 points in 26 games (38.8 points per game), a higher one-season average than any previous player except Frank Selvy in the 1953–1954 season. McGill was honored in 2008 as a member of the University of Utah All-Century team.[1]

Pro career

McGill was selected by the Chicago Zephyrs with the first pick of the 1962 NBA draft. He played three seasons (1962–65) in the NBA and 2 seasons (1968–70) in the ABA. In his ABA/NBA career, he scored a combined 3,094 points.

Post career

His pro basketball career did not bring him wealth or security. By the early 1970s, he was in debt and living on the streets before sportswriter Brad Pye Jr. arranged for McGill to be employed by Hughes Aircraft; that job ended in 1995.[2]


He died on July 11, 2014 from natural causes at the age of 74.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Utah Basketball All-Century Team Unveiled – The Official Athletic Site of the University of Utah". 2008-02-12. Archived from the original on 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  2. ^ Crowe, Jerry; Los Angeles Times After basketball, McGill's hills became mountains, February 21, 2011; page C2.[1]
  3. ^ "Utah basketball: Utes pioneer Bill McGill dies at 74". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2014-07-12.

External links

  • Career stats
  • Furlong, William Barry "Not Mixin' Or Manglin'" Sports Illustrated, November 26, 1962
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