Glen Rice to Have Jersey Retired
Glen Rice, Getty Images
Glen Rice, Getty Images
Posted Sep 15, 2004

One of the real heroes of Michigan basketball will be honored this season by having his jersey retired. Glen Rice paved the way for the 89-championship team with a historic effort. In February, #41 will finally get the praise it truly deserves.

Glen Rice’s 1989 tournament run is one of the most recognized performances in all of college basketball. He set a tournament scoring record with 184 points in six games on the way to the National title. Boasting accomplishments like career scoring leader (2442 points), single season scoring record (949 points), best single season 3-point percentage (51.56% in 1989), and Big Ten scoring titles in 1988 and 1989, he is the most productive scorer in Wolverine history. During halftime of Michigan’s February 20th home game versus Indiana, the former Flint Northwestern star will see his old number (#41) hoisted to the rafters. His will only be the fourth Michigan basketball jersey to be retired, joining those of Cazzie Russell (1964-66), Rudy Tomjanovich (1967-70), and Phil Hubbard (1975-79).

Glen Rice, Getty Images

“We are very pleased to highlight and honor the accomplishments of Glen Rice,” said UM athletic director Bill Martin. “Glen is one of the most recognized names in Michigan basketball history and in collegiate basketball altogether. His successes, dedication and spirit, on and off the court, embody what it means to be a Michigan Wolverine.”

Glen Rice, Getty Images

Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker echoed Martin’s sentiments when speaking of one of the all time great Wolverines. "We are extremely honored to have an opportunity to recognize Glen Rice," said Amaker. "In the history of Michigan Basketball, Glen's accomplishments are extraordinary. I cannot think of a more fitting tribute than hanging his jersey in the rafters."

To view the official release, which details all of Rice’s collegiate and pro accomplishments, click here.

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