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Kyle Korver and Dana Altman inducted into Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame

Posted at 6:47 PM, Aug 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-25 19:47:13-04

Kyle Korever and Dana Altman were inducted into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend.

The former Blue Jays player and coach have both starred in their respective roles on the basketball court, Korver as a 15-year NBA professional and Altman as one of the premier coaches in college basketball. 

"It's great to be back in Omaha," Korver said. "When I came to Creighton that was all that I knew." 

"It's really a special place," Altman said. "16 years that was my life."

Dana Altman coached Creighton for 16 seasons, leading the jays to 13 postseason appearances over that time. 

"Well I realized it right away, I knew we had a special group." said Altman.  

"Coach taught us how to work and treat people the right way," said Korver.  

In 1999, Altman brought in a kid from Pella Iowa with a knack of shooting the long ball. 

"When I recruited Kyle we knew we had a good shooter," said Altman. 

But Korver still felt he had something to prove. 

"None of the guys came here with a lot of fanfare," said Korver. "We came with a chip on our shoulder and coach showed us how to use that."

Korver would help take Altman's teams to four straight NCAA tournaments before embarking on a 15-year NBA career. 

"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." 

More than 45 former Creighton teammates of Korver's came back Saturday for an alumni scrimmage, a feat which impressed the NBA shooter. 

"Just the fact they came back means a lot for me and for coach," said Korver.