Syracuse will retire Carmelo Anthony’s jersey Feb 23. when the Orange host Georgetown at the Carrier Dome.
Anthony, 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 during a halftime celebration.
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 22.2 points 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.
Anthony has been a member of three U.S. Olympic Teams and was a key performer on U.S. squads that won gold medals in 2008 and 2012.
The Knicks star is now the NBA’s second-leading scorer behind Kobe Bryant at 29.3 points per game.
Anthony’s jersey will join those of Dave Bing, Derrick Coleman, Sherman Douglas, Billy Gabor, Vic Hanson, Billy Owens, Wilmeth Sadat-Singh, Rony Seikaly, and Dwayne “Pearl” Washington, which have been previously honored.
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