San Jose State University Athletics recently concluded a weekend celebration honoring Darnell Hillman with his #45 jersey being retired.
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.
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