Feb 23, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange former player Carmelo Anthony talks with the media during halftime of the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse University Retires Carmelo Anthony's Jersey

Feb 23, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange former player Carmelo Anthony (center) during his jersey at his number retirement ceremony during halftime of the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

During Saturday’s game against the rival Georgetown Hoyas, the Syracuse Orange celebrated alumni Carmelo Anthony’s accomplishments by retiring his jersey during a halftime ceremony at the Carrier Dome.

In his one year with Syracuse, Anthony helped guide the Orangeman to their first NCAA tournament title in 2003. In the championship game against Kansas University, Anthony earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award and became an NCAA champion defeating the Jayhawks

According to Syracuse.com, Anthony watched his No. 15 jersey in the rafters, and address the crowd of approximately 32,000 attendees. He then thanked his immediate family consisting of his wife, son and mother and then his former teammates saying,

“Most of all, I want to thank these guys,’’ Anthony said. “Without these guys that banner wouldn’t be hanging up there and my jersey wouldn’t be retired.’’

The three-time olympic medalist, NCAA champion and six-time all-star conclude his speech saying,

“I know everybody in college basketball says they have the best fans,’’ Anthony said. “But there’s no fans like Syracuse fans.’’

Anthony becomes the 10th player in the University’s history to have his jersey retired, joining fellow Syracuse alum, Dave Bing, Vic Hanson, Pearl Washington, Sherman Douglas, Wilmeth Sidat-Sigh, Derrick Coleman Ronny Seikaly, Billy Owens and Billy Gabor.

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