Brentwood - Billy McGill and Eric Brach discuss and sign "Billy 'The Hill' and the Jump Hook"
Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes three-time All-American basketball player Billy "the Hill" McGill and author Eric Brach to the store to discuss and sign their new book, Billy 'The Hill' and the Jump Hook: The Autobiography of a Forgotten Basketball Legend, on Friday, November 1st at 7pm.The first pick of the 1962 NBA draft, and the first African American basektball player for the University of Utah, Billy McGill, known as "The Hill," was a college phenom. He was one of only seven players in NCAA history to tally over 2,300 points and 1,100 rebounds in just three years of play, due in large part to his signature move, the jump hook, which was nearly impossible to defend against. But the beginning of his undoing had already occurred: a knee injury during his junior year in high school continued to trouble him even as his fame grew. As his knee worsened, his career faded, and the once-rising star bounced around the NBA and ABA a troubled player. This is his candid, unflinching story, from the highs (on his way to becoming one of the best players LA ever produced) to the lows (living in abandoned houses and washing in laundromat sinks).
Billy McGill, a member of both the Utah and the Los Angeles Sports Halls of Fame, is retired from Hughes Aircraft, where he worked for many years. He lives in Los Angeles. Eric Brach is a lecturer in English at California Lutheran University.