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Grant Hill to call Duke's opening games in NCAA Tournament

Duke’s Grant Hil drives to the hoop on

Duke’s Grant Hil drives to the hoop on Florida’s Brian Thompson in the national semifinal on April 2, 1994, in Charlotte, N.C. Duke beat Florida, 70-65. Credit: AP

Bill Raftery worked the NCAA Tournament as an analyst for a third of a century before getting the nod for CBS/Turner's No. 1 announcing team. His partner, Grant Hill, got there a tad faster.

Hill retired from the NBA less than two years ago and is a relative novice who last March still was just getting his feet wet in the broadcast business.

"It is a little overwhelming," he said. "This time last year it was overwhelming, and it continues to be overwhelming . . . When you think about it you're like, wow, this was not on my radar two years ago. I was just trying to get through my last year in the NBA. To now be in this position it's an honor. You're grateful.

"You just have to put a lot work into being prepared, and I have great teammates . . . But I don't know if you are ever ready. I wasn't ready to be a parent. I'm still not ready. I don't think anybody's ready. I don't think I was ready to be married. You just do it."

To no one's surprise, Hill and the rest of the No. 1 team were assigned to Duke's games for the first weekend.

"You want to be objective; you have a job to do," Hill said of calling games involving his alma mater. "You have two hats. You have your alma mater hat and you have your job."

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