The Duke Years
As a freshman at Duke, Hill joined an already talented team that included Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley. The team rumbled through the regular season and captured the 1991 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship by beating the University of Kansas in the final game, with Hill delivering a highlight-film, one-handed slam to clinch the win. The following year, with Laettner and Hurley both returning, the Blue Devils were able to repeat the success of the previous year and once again won the NCAA title. Hill's outstanding moment came in the final seconds of the East Regional final against Kentucky. The lead changed several times during the final minutes of the game, and with 1.4 seconds left and down by one, Hill made a perfect pass from under the Kentucky basket to hit Laettner at the free throw line at the other end. Laettner's buzzer-beater ensured the team's advancement to the 1992 finals.
During his freshman and sophomore years, Hill averaged 11.2 and 14.0 points per game, respectively. After Laettner and Hurley both graduated in 1992, Hill became the team's leader. During his junior year, he averaged 18.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. Although as a senior Hill led his team back to his third NCAA championship game in 1994, the Blue Devils fell to Arkansas. Averaging 17.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game, Hill was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-American.