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January 17, 2013SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse University will retire the jersey of All-American Carmelo Anthony on February 23 when the Orange host Georgetown at the Carrier Dome. Anthony, who helped lead the Orange to the 2003 NCAA Championship, was a consensus All-American that season.
A large replica of Anthony's jersey will be unveiled in the rafters of the Carrier Dome, alongside nine other previously retired basketball uniform tops, and he will be presented with a framed jersey during a halftime celebration.
Syracuse was 30-5 with Anthony on the squad. The Orange posted a 13-3 BIG EAST Conference record and tied for first in the league's West Division.
He led the Orange in scoring and rebounding, averaging 22.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He was named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Year, a first-team all-league selection and a member of the BIG EAST All-Rookie team.
Anthony was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player after leading the Orange past Texas in the NCAA semifinal and Kansas in the title game.
Following the campaign, Anthony was named first-team All-American by The Sporting News. He was a second-team selection by the Associated Press, Basketball Times, ESPN.com, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and United States Basketball Writers of America (USBWA).
Anthony entered his name in the 2003 NBA Draft after his freshman season at Syracuse and was selected in the first round and third overall by the Denver Nuggets. During the 2010-11 NBA campaign he was traded to the New York Knicks.
He has been a member of three U.S. Olympic Teams. Anthony was a key performer on U.S. squads that won gold medals in 2008 and 2012.
His interest in the Syracuse program has continued during Anthony's time in the NBA. Anthony made the lead gift toward the construction of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center and participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in October 2009.
A perennial NBA All-Star, Anthony joined with the New York Knicks for an exhibition game in the Dome earlier this year. He's made other Dome appearances since turning professional, including a surprise showing at Syracuse's Orange Madness in 2011.
Anthony's jersey will join those of Dave Bing, Derrick Coleman, Sherman Douglas, Billy Gabor, Vic Hanson, Billy Owens, Wilmeth Sadat-Singh, Rony Seikaly, and Dwayne "Pearl" Washington, which have been previously honored.
Don't miss this marquis event! In addition to the retirement of Anthony's jersey, the game will mark the final BIG EAST Conference Dome matchup between long-time rivals Syracuse and Georgetown. Syracuse is set to join the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) on July 1, 2013.