Cleo Hill - 1958-1961 Winston Salem Teachers
College -- Cleo Hill averaged 23.2 points during four seasons for WSTC now Winston Salem State University. Broke Sam Jones (North Carolina College) CIAA record by scoring 2,503 career points.
Clarence Big House Gaines speaks of Hill in almost ³Jordanesque² terms, ³when you think about an artist you think about someone who has mastered the fundamental skills and their creativity puts him on
another level. Cleo was a true artist². Hill led Winston Salem Teachers College to the CIAA title his senior year dropping 26.7 points per outing.
After a phenomenal college career Hill was the 1961 1st round pick (8th) of the St Louis Hawks. This was during a time when there was allegedly an unwritten quota for
blacks on NBA teams. In Hill¹s first NBA season he averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists. In his second season Hill averaged 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds, but
was released in part because his white teammates could not keep pace with his up tempo style. Hill's coach, who was his biggest advocate, was fired and Hill was
released. Although many teams wanted to sign Hill the Hawks simply drove up the price of his contract in essence blackballing him out of the NBA. Hometown: Newark, NJ (A high school rival of Al Attles.)