Syracuse retired former star Carmelo Anthony’s number 15 jersey during halftime of its game against Georgetown on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Anthony averaged 22.2 points and 10 rebounds for Syracuse during the 2003 season and led them to their only NCAA championship.
“I still remember (then-assistant coach) Troy Weaver coming up to me in high school, saying, ‘You ought to be wearing Orange,’ ’’ Anthony recalled. “I was thinking to myself, ‘There’s no way I’m going to Syracuse. It’s cold and it snows up there.’ The next day, and this is a true story, I get home and Jim Boeheim is sitting on my front step and something just clicked. I was only here for one year but I learned so much and had so much fun.’’ Anthony said.