Marquette to Retire Dwyane Wade's No. 3 Jersey

Sept. 29, 2006

MILWAUKEE - Dwyane Wade, one of the most decorated players in Marquette men's basketball history, will have his No. 3 jersey retired when the Golden Eagles host Providence on Saturday, February 3 at Bradley Center. Tip off is set for 1:00 p.m.

"Dwyane had a profound impact on our program during his three years and I can't think of anyone more deserving," said Marquette Head Coach Tom Crean. "It means so much to us to have an opportunity to honor him in this way, and I know he feels the same. He exemplifies our program on and off the court."

Wade will become the ninth men's player in school history to have his jersey number retired. His No. 3 jersey will join Dean Meminger's No. 14, Butch Lee's No. 15, Maurice Lucas' No. 20, George Thompson's No. 24, Bo Ellis' and Doc Rivers' No. 31, Earl Tatum's No. 43 and Don Kojis' No. 44 as the only retired players' jerseys in program history. The university has retired the numbers 11, 38 and 77 in honor of the Apollo 11 crew, long-time trainer Bob Weingart and legendary coach Al McGuire, respectively.

"Initially, we intended to wait while Dwyane worked towards his degree during the summer but no one could have foreseen how quickly and dramatically his life would change, particularly with postseason play and national team commitments. We've developed a long-range plan that will allow Dwyane to earn his degree." said Crean.

In two seasons of play from 2002-2004, Wade led the Golden Eagles to 53 victories, two NCAA appearances, the 2003 Final Four and the sixth best winning percentage in Division I. Wade was a two-time Associated Press All-American, one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden National Player of the Year Award, and won the Conference USA Player and Defensive Player of the Year honor. Despite playing just two seasons, Wade still ranks among the school's all-time leaders in points, blocks and steals.


Since leaving Marquette, Wade has become one of the marquee superstars since being selected fifth overall by the Miami Heat in the 2003 NBA Draft. In just his third NBA season, Wade helped lead his team to a six-game victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals by averaging 34.7 points and 7.8 rebounds. His record-breaking finals performance earned him MVP honors. Wade is a two-time All-Star, was a second team All-NBA and All-NBA defensive team selection, and has twice represented his country in international competition.

All fans in attendance on February 3 will receive a limited edition Marquette Dwyane Wade figurine.

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All fans in attendance on February 3 will receive a limited edition Marquette Dwyane Wade figurine.
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