The Big Sky will induct its very first class into the conference's Hall of Fame early next season, and one very familiar name is on the list.
14 Big Sky legends will make up the inaugural class, but perhaps none has more meaning here in Portland than former Weber State star Damian Lillard.
Lillard is one of the best players in Weber State history. He was the nation's second-leading scorer during his final season, averaging 24.5 points per game - a Wildcats record.
During his time in the Big Sky, he was named conference MVP twice, was a three-time conference First-Team selection, and was named Freshman of the Year in 2009. He is also the only player in Big Sky history to earn All-American honors.
Despite the accolades, not a lot was known about Lillard outside of Ogden.
That all changed in the summer of 2012 when the Portland Trail Blazers selected Lillard with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He wasted no time making a statement on the game's biggest stage, winning the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year award.
Now in his eighth season with the Blazers, Lillard is a four-time NBA All-Star, four-time All-NBA selection and is the franchise's all-time leader in three-pointers made (1583), and second only to Clyde Drexler in points scored (13,527).
The Big Sky Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 14th in Boise, Idaho.
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Damian Lillard to be inducted into Big Sky Hall of Fame originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest