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 Phil Hubbard and retire his jersey, No. 35, in a halftime ceremony during the Wolverines' Jan. 11 home game against Indiana.
Hubbard's 389 rebounds as a sophomore in 1976-77 stand as U-M's one-season record.
Hubbard will be just the third player in Michigan basketball history to have his jersey retired, joining former U-M All-American and 1966 NCAA Player of the Year Cazzie Russell (1964-66), whose jersey was retired Dec. 11, 1993, and former U-M All-American Rudy Tomjanovich (1967-70), whose jersey was retired Feb. 8, 2003.
"We are extremely proud to recognize the accomplishments of former Wolverine Phil Hubbard," said Martin. "Phil brought desire, dedication, leadership and pride to the Maize and Blue jersey every time he put it on. With great pride we salute him by hanging his No. 35 jersey from the rafters of Crisler Arena alongside Cazzie's and Rudy's."
"We are pleased to recognize Phil Hubbard and what he has meant to our program's celebrated past," said U-M head coach Tommy Amaker. "His successes as a Wolverine player and in his professional life are truly something to be proud of and something to be honored."
In his three seasons on the court for the Wolverines (1975-79), Hubbard averaged 16.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. He totaled 1,455 points and 979 rebounds, which currently rank 14th and fourth, respectively, in school history. During his freshman season, he helped the Wolverines reach the 1976 Final Four and the national championship game, in which U-M fell to league rival Indiana. The following season, he helped the Wolverines win the 1977 Big Ten championship outright and advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. After leading the team in scoring and rebounding, he earned All-America honors.
A knee injury suffered at the World University Games in 1977 caused Hubbard to miss the 1977-78 season, but he returned the following year, captaining the Wolverines to a sixth-place conference finish. Forgoing his final year of eligibility, Hubbard entered the 1979 NBA Draft and was selected 15th overall by the Detroit Pistons.
Hubbard spent his first two full seasons in Detroit before being traded to Cleveland in 1982. After two seasons in Detroit, Hubbard spent the remainder of his 10-year NBA career with the Cavaliers, helping Cleveland reach the playoffs twice. He retired after the 1988-89 season, having averaged 10.9 points per game and 5.3 rebounds throughout his NBA career.
In 1993, Hubbard returned to the NBA, working in the New York Knicks' front office for five years before beginning his coaching career as an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks under Lenny Wilkens in the 1997-98 season. After three seasons, Hubbard moved to California to serve as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors, before heading to his current position as an assistant coach the Washington Wizards in 2003.
The Wolverines' game against the Hoosiers is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. tipoff and will be aired on CBS.
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