ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan athletics director Bill Martin has announced the U-M men's basketball program will honor former U-M All-American Glen Rice (1986-89) and retire his jersey, No. 41, in a halftime ceremony during the Wolverines' Feb. 20, 2005, home game against Indiana.
Rice becomes the fourth player in Michigan history to have his jersey retired, joining Cazzie Russell
(1964-66), whose jersey was retired Dec. 11, 1993, Rudy Tomjanovich
(1967-70), whose jersey was retired Feb. 8, 2003 and Phil Hubbard
(1975-79), whose jersey was retired Jan. 11, 2004.
"We are very pleased to highlight and honor the accomplishments of Glen Rice," said 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."
"We are extremely honored to have an opportunity to recognize Glen Rice," said U-M coach Tommy 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."
The most prolific scorer in Michigan history, Rice led the Wolverines to the 1989 NCAA championship. He set an NCAA Tournament record with 184 points in six games while leading the Wolverines to the title. He was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and was an All-American. He won Big Ten Conference scoring titles and all-conference accolades in 1988 and 1989.
Rice averaged 30.7 points per game during Michigan's NCAA title run in 1989.
Rice ranks second all-time in the Big Ten for field goals made in a season (363, 1988-89). He is also third all-time in the conference for career points (2,442), career field goals made (1,002), and career three-point field goal percentage (.480, 135-281).
He currently holds Michigan records for career scoring (2,442 points), games played (tied, 134), single-season scoring (949 points), single-season field goals made (363 in 1988-89) and attempted (629 in 1988-89), single-season three-point field goal percentage (.5156, 1988-89) and scoring in an NCAA Tournament game (39 vs. Florida in 1988). Rice also holds the single-game record for Michigan and the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage, going a perfect 7-for-7 against Wisconsin on Feb. 25, 1989.
After his playing days with the Wolverines, Rice was the No. 4 overall pick by the Miami Heat in the 1989 NBA Draft and was named to the All-NBA Rookie Team second team. After becoming the Heat's all-time leading scorer with 9,248 points in six seasons, Rice moved on to the Charlotte Hornets (1995-98), where he earned three NBA All-Star team selections (1996-98) and the All-Star Game MVP award in 1997.
Moving to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1998, Rice was instrumental in helping the franchise win the 2000 NBA Championship. Rice closed out his career with stints with the New York Knicks (2000-01), Houston Rockets (2001-03) and Los Angeles Clippers (2003-04).
In NBA history, Rice ranks third with 1,559 three-pointers made, fifth with 3,896 three-pointers attempted, and tied for 14th with a three-point percentage of .400.
The Wolverines' game against the Hoosiers is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff and will be aired on CBS.
Comments from Glen Rice
On having his jersey honored by Michigan ... "It means the world to me. Being here at Michigan and watching other players go through the program and be honored, to be even considered one of them is just a tremendous feeling. The way the Michigan coaches, the Michigan fans and the program has treated me so far, it is just an honor. What I try to do every day is to go out and represent Michigan the way it should be represented. To be recognized and honored is just truly special to me."
On when his jersey is actually hung from the rafters what feeling is he going to have ... "I don't know how I will really react. When things are done like that and you know it is from the heart, you just go with your emotions. What happens, happens. It is going to be a very touching and sensitive moment. I am just going to try that I don't look to childish."
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