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John "Hook" Dillon
College University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Conference Southern Conference
Sport Basketball
Position Guard
Nickname Hook
Career 19451948
Nationality USA
Born January 8, 1924
Savannah, GA

John "Hook" Dillon (January 8, 1924-January 18, 2004) was an American basketball player.

He played collegiately for the University of North Carolina from 1945 to 1948. Prior to attending UNC, he previously played in the Savannah (GA) Ice Delivery city league and Benedictine Military Academy.

Dillon earned All-America honors in 1946 and 1947. He was the leading scorer on the 1946 team, which was UNC's first team to ever reach the Final Four. He first started gaining national attention early in 1946 against New York University in Madison Square Garden when he scored 21 points, many on his deadly hook shot. After the game, the media declared his shot to be one of the best ever showcased in Madison Square Garden, and the nickname stuck.

Because of his national accolades, Dillon's number 13 was honored by the University of North Carolina and currently hangs in the rafters of the Dean Smith Center.

Dillon died on January 18, 2004.



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