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Fifteen years after he began his NBA career, Kyle Korver has been inducted into his collegiate hall of fame.
Korver, along with his coach, Dana Altman, were inducted into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame over the weekend.
“It’s great to be back in Omaha,” Korver, now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, said, according to KMTV in Omaha. “When I came to Creighton, that was all that I knew.”
Altman, the coach of the Blue Jays for 16 years, and led them to 13 postseason appearances during that time, agreed with Korver’s sentiment about Creighton.
“It’s really a special place,” he said. “(For) 16 years, that was my life.”
Altman recruited Korver from Pella, Iowa to Creighton in 1999.
“Well, I realized it right away,” Altman said. “I knew we had a special group.
“When I recruited Kyle we knew we had a good shooter.”
Korver credits Altman for helping he and his teammates, on and off the basketball court.
“Coach taught us how to work and treat people the right way,” Korver said.
Korver said he and the rest of the Blue Jays had a lot to prove.
“None of the guys came here with a lot of fanfare,” he said. “We came with a chip on our shoulder and Coach showed us how to use that.”
Behind Korver and Altman, the Creighton went to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments during their time together.
In his four seasons at Creighton, Korver averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27.7 minutes in 128 games, shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 45.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 89.1 percent from the free-throw line.
His best season came as a senior in 2002-03, when he averaged 17.8, 6.4 and 3.1 in 31.8 minutes in 34 games, posting a shooting line of 46.8/48.0/90.8.
Korver then embarked on an NBA career that would see him become one of the greatest shooters in league history after being taken with the 51st overall selection of the 2003 draft by the New Jersey Nets, who then sold him on draft night to the Philadelphia 76ers.
He has led the NBA in 3-point percentage four times, is second among active players and sixth all time with a career percentage of 43.1 from long distance.
“He worked himself into being a 15 year pro,” Altman said. “He worked himself into being a 15 year pro.
“That wasn’t us, that was his work ethic.”
Saturday, more than 45 of Korver’s former Blue Jays teammates returned to Creighton to participate in an alumni scrimmage, something which resonated with Korver.
“Just the fact they came back means a lot for me and for Coach,” he said.