It was the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when the Trinity High School girls’ basketball program was in the midst of being one the premier basketball programs, not only in Ohio, but in the entire country. The Lady Trojans made six Final Four appearances in 8 season, winning three Ohio State Championships, and were nationally ranked by USA Today during that time. One of the main reasons for this incredible run was 1994 Ms. Ohio Basketball, and 2-time Parade All American, NaSheema Hillmon. Hillmon displayed her incredible talents on Granger Road from 1991-94, averaging just under 19 points and 14 rebounds a game for her career. She and her Lady Trojans teammates won the Division 1 state title in 1994, before Hillmon headed off to SEC powerhouse Vanderbilt to continue her academic and athletic career.
On Monday night, December 9, 2019, Hillmon will have her #40 retired to honor her incredible career at Trinity. She will be only the third number in school history to receive such an honor, joining another basketball legend Vonda Ward and football star Mike Hudec. “It is always great to welcome back one of our own. NaSheema’s accomplishments on and off the court are special and we are proud to honor that with our student athletes today,” said Tony SanFilippo, Trinity Athletic Director. One look at her accomplishments and it’s easy to see why she will be part of basketball immortality.
• 1994 Ms. Ohio basketball
• 1994 Kodak all American
• 2-time Parade all American
• 2011 inductee into the 1994 Ohio Hall of Fame with high school teammates
• Most rebounds 14 in a Division 1 state championship game
• 1994 Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year
• North Coast League MVP
• 1994 Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year
• Nate Thurmond award (top Female player in Northeast Ohio)
• Associated Press Co-Player of the Year
• Division 1 All Ohio girls basketball team
• Plain Dealer’s Seven County Player of the Year
• Ohio Prep Player of the Year
• John S Nagy Memorial Award
• 1998 SEC 1st Team
• Ranks 5th in rebounding in Commodores history
• Drafted 1st in the 2nd round by the ABL’s Nashville Noise.
“The Lady Trojans are excited to bring back basketball royalty,” said current Lady Trojans Head Coach Kevin McNamara. “Her standard of excellence is what we try to achieve now within the basketball program.” The ceremonies begin at 6:30 PM and will be hosted by long-time local and national television personality Ron Jantz. “To me, NaSheema Hillmon was a mix of smooth movement driven by an aggressive determination that produced one of the best high school players I ever had the pleasure to cover. I am honored to host such a special night for her and Trinity High School.”