Damian Lillard is a future Naismith Memorial Basketball of Famer. The only question is when he will be inducted remains to be seen.
For now, he knows he’s getting into at least one Hall of Fame. His alma mater, Weber State, announced him as part of their 2021 class.
His induction doesn’t come as a surprise.
During his tenure in Ogden from 2008-’12, he racked up a litany of accolades -- Big Sky Freshman of the Year, All-Big Sky first team, Big Sky MVP twice, Third-team All-American -- and already has his No. 1 retired by the program. He also led the Wildcats to two regular-season titles.
Again, not a shocker.
In four years with the program, he averaged 18.6 points. But his senior season is what catapulted him into the national spotlight. He averaged 24.5 points, which was the second-highest in the country and the highest in school history.
As of now, he's fourth in Weber State’s scoring, the leader in free throws made and top 10 in nine other school categories. His game did the talking for him, just as Lillard would have it.
Since graduating from the program, Lillard has become one of the greatest players in Blazers and NBA history, with career averages of 24.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.6 assists while becoming a six-time All-Star, being named to six All-NBA teams and winning gold at the 2020 Olympics.
Summer 2021 has been one for the books for Lillard. Dropping an album, winning a gold medal, becoming a Hall of Famer, and maybe more is soon to come.