High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Cleo Hill, is an
American former professional basketball player who was selected by
the St. Louis Hawks in the 1st round of the 1961 NBA Draft. A 6'1"
guard from the Winston-Salem State University, Hill played in the
National Basketball Association for one season with the Hawks, in
1961-62, averaging 5.5 points in 58 games. Hill was only the fifth
African-American from an historically Black college and university
to be taken in the first round of an NBA draft. In 2008, Hill was
profiled in a segment on the ESPN documentary Black Magic, which
told the story of African Americans and basketball. The segment
asserted that early in that 1961-62 season, St. Louis Hawks coach
Paul Seymour was told by team management to severely diminish
Hill's offensive role so that stars Bob Pettit, Cliff Hagan, and
Clyde Lovellette would receive more shot attempts. Seymour refused
and was fired, and Hill's scoring averaged dropped from 10.8 points
per game to 5.5 points per game. Hill never played in the NBA after
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