Utah basketball legend Billy McGill dies at age 74

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Former Utah basketball legend Billy McGill has passed away at the age of 74.

McGill, nicknamed "The Hill," was a 3-time All-American at Utah, and led the entire nation in scoring during his senior season (1961-1962) at 38.8 points per game, the highest average for any center in NCAA history. He led the Utes to the Final Four in 1961.

McGill was the #1 pick in the 1962 NBA Draft by the Chicago Zephyrs, although his professional career was not nearly as successful as his time at Utah. McGill played three seasons in the NBA and two in the ABA before retiring in 1970.

McGill is credited for inventing the "jump hook," which he says he did in order to shoot over Wilt Chamberlain in a pickup game.

McGill was the first African-American basketball player at Utah, and was inducted into the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor. 

In 2008, McGill was honored as a member of Utah's all-century team.

McGill is #2 on the Utes all-time scoring list (2,321 points), and is one of seven Utes to have his number retired. 

The University released the following statement:

"We are saddened to hear the passing of Utah legend Billy McGill. All of our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time."

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