Duquesne to Retire Mike James’ No. 13 Jersey
Feb. 13, 2017
PITTSBURGH - The Department of Athletics announced today that the jersey of men’s basketball great Mike James will be retired in a ceremony prior to the Feb. 22 game vs. Fordham.
James, who played for Duquesne from 1995-98, went on to a have a 12-year National Basketball Association career - more than double the league average. James had the longest NBA career of any Duquesne player.
“Mike’s career embodies what it means to be a Duquesne Duke,” said Director of Athletics Dave Harper. “The drive, determination and will to succeed he displayed from the time he stepped on campus paved the way to a distinguished NBA career. To play at the highest level of professional basketball for 12 seasons is proof of Mike’s work ethic. It is a work ethic that also carried over to the classroom, as Mike made leaving the Bluff with his undergraduate degree a priority. We are honored to welcome Mike back to the Palumbo Center as one of Duquesne’s all-time greats.”
James’ No. 13 will be the sixth men’s jersey retired, joining Chuck Cooper (15), Dick Ricketts (12), Sihugo Green (11), Willie Somerset (24) and Norm Nixon (10), whose jerseys were retired in a ceremony at the Palumbo Center on Jan. 27, 2001.
A First Team All-Atlantic 10 pick as a senior, James led the Dukes in steals and assists in each of his final three seasons. He finished his career tenth on DU’s all-time scoring list with 1,411 points.
James played in both Austria and France before signing as an undrafted free agent with the NBA Miami Heat in 2001. An integral part of the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons World Championship team, he went on to become the first undrafted player in NBA history to average 20 points per game when he posted a 20.3 points per game scoring average for the Toronto Raptors in 2005-06. During that memorable season, he became the first Toronto player to score 30 or more points in four consecutive games.
James, who finished his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls in 2013-14, was named to Duquesne’s All-Century Team last year in conjunction with the school’s 100th season of basketball. He was inducted to the Merle E. Gilliand Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
James, and his wife, Angela, both graduated from DU in 1998. Mike with a degree in psychology and Angela with a degree in communications.
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