Cleo Hill
Cleo Hill
Organization: Basketball
Position: Guard

Inducted into the Winston-Salem State University Clarence “Big House” Gaines Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a member of the Rams’ basketball team, Hill ranks second on WSSU’s all-time scoring records chart with 2,488 points in only 98 games, an average of 25.4 points per game.    One of the finest players in the long and storied tradition of the Rams, Cleo Hill broke North Carolina College (now North Carolina Central) Sam Jones’ CIAA scoring record.  Hill led WSSU to the CIAA title his senior season and was the 1961 First-Round pick of the St. Louis Hawks (eighth overall).  Hill was only the fifth African-American from a historically black college and university to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft.  In his first season he averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists.