Tyrone Hill Scores With Gift
Dan Cloran couldn’t believe his eyes. Diamonds—lots of diamonds, shining, shooting light in all directions. Cloran, director for the University’s annual fund and athletic giving, got a call from former Xavier and National Basketball Association player Tyrone Hill, who expressed a desire to give to the University. “He said, ‘I’m going to have my jeweler call you,’ ” Cloran says.
Cloran spoke with the jeweler, but didn’t ask for particulars. Hence his shock when he opened the box to find three pendants: a “32” (one of Hill’s uniform numbers) with 5.5 carats worth of diamonds set in 18-karat gold, a “42” (another number) featuring 9.25 carats worth of diamonds set in 18-karat gold, and a large “T” boasting 14.6 carats worth of diamonds set in platinum.
“The diamonds in the ‘T’ are rated next to flawless,” Cloran says. “In terms of jewelry, I don’t know whether we’ve ever received something of this magnitude.”
The University is still deciding what to do with the gift. Hill spent 13 years in the N.B.A.