Syracuse to retire Carmelo Anthony's jersey

January 18, 2013|From Sun staff reports

Syracuse University will retire the jersey of All-American Carmelo Anthony on Feb. 23 when the Orange hosts Georgetown at the Carrier Dome.

Anthony, a former Towson Catholic star who helped lead the Orange to the 2003 NCAA championship, was a consensus All-American that season.

A large replica of Anthony's jersey will be unveiled in the rafters of the Carrier Dome, alongside nine other previously retired basketball uniform tops, and he will be presented with a framed jersey at halftime.

Syracuse was 30-5 with Anthony on the squad. The Orange posted a 13-3 Big East Conference record and tied for first in the league's West Division.

He led the Orange in scoring and rebounding, averaging 22.2points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He was named the Big East Conference Rookie of the Year, a first-team all-league selection and a member of the Big East All-Rookie team.

Anthony was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player after leading the Orange past Texas in the NCAA semifinal and Kansas in the title game.

After the season, Anthony was named first-team All-American by the Sporting News. He was a second-team selection by the Associated Press, Basketball Times,, National Association of Basketball Coaches and United States Basketball Writers of America.

Anthony plays now for the New York Knicks and is second in the NBA in scoring with 29.3points per game.

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