Kendall Gill

Quick Hits

Position: Guard

Teams:

  • Rich Central High School (Class of 1986)
  • University of Illinois (1986-1990)
  • Charlotte Hornets (1990-1993, 1995-1996)
  • Seattle SuperSonics (1993-1995)
  • New Jersey Nets (1995-2001)
  • Miami Heat (2001-2002)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (2002-2003)
  • Chicago Bulls (2003-2004)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (2004-2005)

Notables:

  • Led the Fighting Illini to the 1989 Final Four as Junior (Lost to Michigan on the final shot)
  • led the Big Ten in scoring as a Senior.
  • First-team All-American (Senior season)
  • NCAA Slam Dunk Champion at the Final Four (Senior season)
  • Fifth overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets.
  • First Team All-Rookie selection for 1990-1991 season.
  • NBA Slam-Dunk Competitor
  • Averaged over 20 points per game in 1991-1992 with the Hornets (20.5) and in 1996-1997 with the Nets (21.8 )
  • Led NBA in steals in 1997-1998 season with the Nets
  • Scored 41 points against Orlando (1/13/97)
  • Recorded 11 steals in a game against the Heat (4/03/99) (Tied Larry Kenon’s single-game record)
  • Scored 12,914 points in his career (966 regular season games)

College

Coached by Lou Henson, Kendall Gill was a member of the 1988-1989 “Flying Illini” that went to the NCAA Final Four. The “Flying Illini” are considered to be one of the best teams in Illinois history. They finished 31-5 that season while finishing second in the Big 10. They were also ranked #1 during the 1988-1989 season.

In 2002 The Minnesota Daily News tried to use the phrase “Flying Illini” for the 2002 Illinois football team. Apparently they forgot that term had already been coined. Somebody please tell them who was the real “Flying Illini”.

The only other Illinois team in recent history to have as much success as the 1988-1989 team was the 2005 Fighting Illini featuring Deron Williams. That team went 29-1, losing to North Carolina in the finals. It has been debated over the years by Illini fans “which team was better?”. Bonick03 on the Illinois Loyalty Message Board attempts to find an answer by posing the question:

“Who would win a game featuring the ’89 Flying Illini and the 2005 National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels?” (aka: Was the ’89 Flying Illini better than ’05) Here’s what people said

Here’s a quick rundown of the two Illini teams:

1989 (Featuring Nick Anderson, Marcus Liberty, Kenny Battle, Kendall Gill, Stephen Bardo)

2005 (Featuring Dee Brown, Deron Williams, Luther Head, Roger Powell Jr., James Augustine)

Here’s a Reunion photo of the 1989 team (for more on the reunion go here):

Talk about great RFP’s between those two teams (One day they’ll all have their own RFP page)

NBA

Gill was a journeyman in the NBA while playing fourteen seasons which meant he was traded often. Players Kendall Gill was traded for during his career:

Eddie Johnson

Dana Barros

Hersey Hawkins

David Wingate

Khalid Reeves

Kenny Anderson

Gerald Glass

Yes, that is Kendall Gill boxing. Gill had his first bout on June 25, 2005 at the age of 37, and has won all three professional bouts and is ranked #449 in the world (out of 745) as a cruiserweight. Gill has expressed an interest in eventually becoming a fight promoter, and has not ruled out an NBA return, if a championship contender is interested. Apparently, an incident at a nightclub inspired him to be a boxer:

“I fell on the ground and didn’t know what to do — I took a lot of blows I shouldn’t have. After that, I said it would never happen to me again.” – Kendall Gill (sounds like he got beat up…)

Watch clips of Kendall Gill boxing in this teaser for a proposed Kendall Gill documentary. Yep, that’s right. A Kendall Gill documentary. If there’s ever been a reason to pay 10 bucks for a movie ticket…

Gill has some TV experience outside of basketball and boxing

Most awesomely, he made an appearance playing himself in the 1990’s Nickelodeon TV Show, My Brother and Me.

During the 2006-2007 NBA season, Gill was an analyst for Comcast SportsNet, covering the Chicago Bulls.

On January 23, 2008, he appeared on Spike TV’s Pros vs. Joes:

You can watch the full Pros vs. Joes episode here.

Want more Kendall Gill info? Visit www.kendallgill.com

Good news. Unlike some recent RFP’s, Kendall Gill exists on Youtube:

Flying Illini Highlights:

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2 Responses to “Kendall Gill”

  1. lukesquared Says:

    Are the Flying Illini a Random Forgotten Team?

  2. Not on ESPN, Stuart Scott makes several references to them each college basketball season. They may be the best team ever that didn’t win the NC.

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