The Michigan basketball program has honored five players whose contributions to the program are invaluable. In their honor, each player's respective jersey hangs in the Crisler Arena rafters above the tunnel entrance. The honored Maize and Blue are Cazzie Russell (No. 33), Rudy Tomjanovich (No. 45), Phil Hubbard (No. 35), Glen Rice (No. 41) and Bill Buntin (No. 22).
Cazzie Russell -- No. 33
Retired- December 11, 1993
Russell was arguably the greatest Michigan player ever to step foot on the Michigan campus. He helped lead U-M to three consecutive Big Ten titles (1964, '65, '66), to the NCAA finals as a junior and the semifinals as a sophomore. He averaged 30.8 points as a senior and was honored as the National Player of the Year. He was the No. 1 pick of the 1966 NBA draft by the New York Knicks and his NBA career spanned 12 seasons. He became the first and only Wolverine basketball player to have his uniform retired on December 11, 1993. In front of a sold out Crisler Arena, a banner bearing his No. 33, his name and the years he played at Michigan (1964, '65, '66) were raised to hang from the rafters at Crisler Arena, which has long been known as "The House that Cazzie Built."
Rudy Tomjanovich -- No. 45
Honored - February 8, 2003
From 1968-70, Tomjanovich used the newly built Crisler Arena as his playground to rewrite the record books. As a senior, Tomjanovich was the NCAA's seventh leading scorer (30.1 points per game) and 13th leading rebounder (15.7 rebounds per game). He still holds the school record for rebounds in a career (1,039 rebounds) and ranks sixth on the career scoring list (1,808 points). After his career at U-M, Tomjanovich was selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the 1971 NBA Draft by the San Diego Rockets. He would go on to spend his entire 11-year playing career with the Rockets. In addition, he served as the head coach of the Houston Rockets from 1992 to 2003 and served as the head coach of the undefeated gold-medal winning United States team at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Phil Hubbard -- No. 35
Honored - January 11, 2004
Hubbard, who is one of five U-M players to reach 1,400 points and 900 rebound in his career, closed out his three-year career (1976-79), scoring 1,455 points (16.5 points per game) and hauling down 979 rebounds (11.1 rebounds per game). As a freshman, he set a U-M freshman record with a team-best 352 rebounds. He represented the United States at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, earning a gold medal in basketball as he averaged 4.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 1979 NBA Draft, where he was selected with the 15th overall pick by the Detroit Pistons. He played two seasons in Detroit before spending the remainder of his 10-year NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Glen Rice -- No. 41
Honored - February 20, 2005
Rice helped lead Michigan to the 1989 NCAA national championship, scoring 31 points in an 80-79 victory over Seton Hall in the title game en route to earning Most Outstanding Player honors. A four-year letterwinner (1986, '87, '88, '89), Rice still holds the Michigan record for career points scored (2,442). He also set records in games played (134), three-point field goals made (135) and three-point field goals attempted (281) that have since been broken. As a senior, Rice scored 949 points in 1989, shattering the old mark of 800 set in 1966 by Cazzie Russell. He was selected fourth overall in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. During his 14-year playing career, he averaged 18.3 points and 4.4 rebounds and made three All-Star appearances.
Bill Buntin -- No. 22
Honored - January 7, 2006
Buntin was once considered undersized and too weak to excel in the Big Ten Conference; however, he displayed an astonishing 50-inch-plus vertical leap and a toughness that allowed him to play in 79 of 80 career games from 1963-66. He is just one of two Wolverines to collect over 1,000 career rebounds, finishing his career with 1,037 in just three seasons to rank second all-time at Michigan. He also finished with 1,724 career points. He averaged 21.8 points and 13.1 rebounds per game while his 58 career double-doubles in 79 career games still ranks tops on U-M's all-time list. He was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the No. 2 pick in the 1965 NBA territorial draft and played one NBA season. At the age of 26, Buntin collapsed and died of a heart ailment during a pick-up game in 1968.
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