San Jose State University Athletics recently concluded a weekend celebration honoring Darnell Hillman with his #45 jersey being retired.
Listen to former San Jose State University men's basketball coach Dan Glines, Temple University head coach Fran Dunphy,Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and former Indiana Pacers head coach Bobby "Slick" Leonard. Also, watch Darnell win the 1977 NBA Slam Dunk Championship.
Check out a photo gallery from the weekend's festivities.
Hillman played for the Spartans' freshman team in 1967-68 and the 1968-69 varsity squad that posted a 16-8 win-loss record. After a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, he became the first San Jose State player chosen in the first round of a NBA draft. In the 1971 draft, the Golden State Warriors made him the eighth pick overall. He played 682 professional games in the ABA and NBA for five different teams.
Today, he is the Indiana Pacers' associate director for community relations and specializes in camps and clinics.
A dinner in his honor was a sell out. Hillman addressed the San Jose State men's team at the conclusion of the morning shoot-around. He was a guest at the Blazer Brigade pre-game activity prior to the Spartans' basketball doublehader.
And, he was the center of attention when his jersey was retired during a halftime ceremony.