Syracuse University has made it official: The school will retire former star forward Carmelo Anthony??s jersey during a ceremony in February.
SU Athletics made the announcement on its website Thursday morning, confirming the February 23 date when the Orange host longtime rival Georgetown. That also happens to be the Hoyas?? last appearance in the Carrier Dome before SU leaves for the Atlantic Coast Conference in the fall of 2013.
The 28-year-old Anthony led the Orange to their only national basketball championship as a freshman in 2003. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the of the NCAA Tournament, national freshman of the year, and an All-American.
After his SU career, Anthony has gone on to become a five-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist. He was the third overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft after his lone season at Syracuse, where he averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Anthony??s jersey will be the tenth to ascend to the Carrier Dome roof, following Dave Bing, Derrick Coleman, Sherman Douglas, Billy Gabor, Vic Hanson, Billy Owens, Wilmeth Sadat-Singh, Rony Seikaly and Pearl Washington. The university says it retires jerseys, not numbers, so future Orange players should be able to wear #15 if the school allows it.