Archive for Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hinrich’s jersey to hang in fieldhouse rafters

September 21, 2008


Kirk Hinrich's jersey No. 10 will be hung in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse in a halftime ceremony at a yet-to-be-determined game during the 2008-09 college basketball season.

"It's a great honor," said Hinrich, starting point guard for the Chicago Bulls, referring to the highest honor that can be accorded a Kansas University basketball player. "To have my jersey up in this building - a place that means so much to me - it's an amazing feeling."

KU coach Bill Self says the 27-year-old Hinrich, who was a 2003 Wooden All-American, 2003 NCAA West Regional MVP and member of the '03 all-Final Four team, is richly deserving.

"Without question, he's one of the greatest to ever play here," Self said of Hinrich, a first-team all-Big 12 pick his junior and senior seasons. He was third-team Associated Press All-American in 2003 and honorable-mention selection in '02.

"His teams won, and he was a huge part of that. He's been a great pro and is one of the great ambassadors of this university," Self added.

The Sioux City, Iowa, native said he isn't sure when he'll be back for the retirement ceremony. It'll depend on his NBA schedule.

His jersey likely will hang in the vicinity of his buddy and fellow Iowan Nick Collison's No. 4. Collison returned for his jersey-retirement ceremony in 2004.

KU officials, by the way, explained Saturday that though there have been guidelines for the hanging of jerseys in the south rafters of the fieldhouse in the past, there are currently no hard and fast rules. School administration in studying a player's career can, at any time, deem such player worthy of enshrinement.


KEITHMILES05 9 years, 9 months ago

KUAC is lying through their teeth. We all know there have been hard and fast rules. This will open the floodgates to have any and every player petition with their posse to be recognized.

S0uPnAzi 9 years, 9 months ago

Personally, I can't think of anyone more deserving than Kirk. He gave his all to the Jayhawks, and was instrumental in oh so many wins in his time here. I salute KUAC for making this happen!

Matt Schwartz 9 years, 9 months ago

I was once on the floor with a press pass by the KU bench and heard a huge , rumbling fart. Pekka Markannen looked around and started receiving high fives from several other teammates. Pekka should be up in the rafters right along with his scent

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