Syracuse Retiring Carmelo Anthony’s Jersey

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After leading the school to a 2003 national championship, Carmelo Anthony will have his jersey retired by Syracuse during a February home game. The school will announce the date in the next week or so, but speculation is that it will be the Georgetown contest on February 23rd.  Anthony’s Knicks  are in Toronto on the 22nd and have the day off on the 23rd.

Anthony was incredible in that championship season and will join the likes of Sherman Douglas, Derrick Coleman, Dave Bing and Pearl Washington. He will become the 10th overall to have the prestigious honor.   Anthony will be given a plaque with his jersey on it. The star will also get a chance to address the home crowd.

His career was a short one, going pro after the National title.  Anthony’s presence has been felt on campus after donating $3 million towards the new Melo Center.  His presence is also felt with the Knicks who are in the hunt of the NBA Atlantic Division. Anthony is averaging 29.3 points per game for New York.  He has scored less then 20 points just once this season and that came all the way back in November.

Syracuse is home on the 10th against St. John’s, the 20th against Providence and March 2nd against Louisville. They are 16-1 this season and are off until Saturday when they take on the number one ranked Cardinal.  There has been no update on James Southerland who was ruled ineligible and did not play in the team’s win over Villanova last week.

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