UCLA Bruins men's basketball retired numbers

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The men's college basketball program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was founded in 1920 and is known competitively as the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins have won 11 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's Division I Basketball Championships, the most of any school.[1] UCLA players have been assigned jersey numbers ranging from 0 to 78 in the team's history.[2] The school no longer issues 10 retired numbers in honor of former players.[3] To qualify, a player must have been a three-time consensus All-American, won a national player of the year award, or been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[4][5] The retired numbers are displayed in the rafters of the Bruins' home arena, Pauley Pavilion.[6] UCLA's legendary coach John Wooden generally opposed having numbers retired.

History[edit]

Lew Alcindor, now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, on a reverse dunk in 1967.

Numbers retired by UCLA were originally limited to three-time consensus All-Americans.[7] In 1990, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, known as Lew Alcindor during his UCLA career, and Bill Walton were the first to have their numbers retired.[8] The ceremony was held in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Pauley Pavilion.[9][10] Wooden valued team play over individual accolades, and he opposed retiring numbers.[7][11] "What about the fellows who wore that number before?" Wooden asked. "Didn't they contribute to the team?"[11] Wooden did think highly of Abdul-Jabbar and Walton. "If such a thing can be deserved, it'd be Alcindor and Walton. But I don't think it would be anyone else," said Wooden.[12]

UCLA in 1996 expanded the requirements for retiring numbers to include players named national player of the year. This allowed the jersey numbers of Walt Hazzard (No. 42), Sidney Wicks (35), Marques Johnson (54) and Ed O'Bannon (31) to be retired.[12] In 2004, UCLA also allowed players inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame to be eligible, enabling the retirement of Gail Goodrich's No. 25.[7] Three Bruins were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012, and UCLA retired their numbers in 2013—Jamaal Wilkes (52), Reggie Miller (31), and Don Barksdale (11).[13]

Eight of the players honored were members of NCAA championship teams,[14][15] and seven of the players were coached by Wooden.[16] Although Hazzard's No. 42 was retired, he allowed Kevin Love (2007–2008) to wear it.[2][17][18][19] Johnson's retired No. 54 was worn by his sons, Kris (1994–1998) and Josiah (2001–2005).[2][20]

Retired numbers[edit]

Gail Goodrich with John Wooden in 1965.
Walt Hazzard in 1964.
No. Retired number
Player Name of player honored
Career Years played with UCLA
NCAA Number of times member of NCAA Championship team
AA Number of times named consensus All-American
POY Number of years named national player of the year
Retired Year number was retired
*
Member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
No. Player Career NCAA AA POY Retired Ref
11 Barksdale, DonDon Barksdale* 1946–1947 0 0 0 2013 [21][22]
25 Goodrich, GailGail Goodrich* 1962–1965 2 1 1 2004
[23][22]
31 O'Bannon, EdEd O'Bannon 1991–1995 1 1 1 1996
[4][22]
31 Miller, ReggieReggie Miller* 1983–1987 0 0 0 2013
[24][22]
32 Walton, BillBill Walton* 1971–1974 2 3 3 1990
[25][22]
33 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* (formerly Lew Alcindor) 1966–1969 3 3 3 1990
[25][22]
35 Wicks, SidneySidney Wicks 1968–1971 3 2 2 1996
[4][22]
42 Hazzard, WaltWalt Hazzard 1961–1964 1 1 1 1996
[4][22]
52 Wilkes, JamaalJamaal Wilkes* (formerly Keith Wilkes) 1971–1974 2 2 0 2013 [22][26]
54 Johnson, MarquesMarques Johnson 1973–1977 1 1 1 1996
[4][22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "2011–12 UCLA Men's Basketball Media Guide". UCLA Athletic Department. 2011. p. 116–118. Archived from the original on January 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "UCLA great Walt Hazzard passes away". FoxNews.com. Sports Network. November 18, 2011. Archived from the original on May 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Mixed emotions greet Hazzard at ceremony". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. February 3, 1996. p. 3B. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ Dohn, Brian (December 18, 2004). "GOODRICH'S PLACE CEMENTED FORMER BRUINS STAR'S NO. 25 JERSEY FINALLY WILL BE RETIRED". Daily News (Los Angeles). Retrieved May 22, 2012. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Hartman, Steve; Smith, Matt "Money" (2009). The Great Book of Los Angeles Sports Lists. Running Press. p. 203. ISBN 0786748877. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Pucin, Diane (December 18, 2004). "The Guttiest Little Bruin". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ "UCLA Set to Retire Numbers of Jabbar, Walton, Meyers, Curry". Los Angeles Times. January 23, 1990. Archived from the original on May 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ Bonk, Thomas (February 3, 1990). "No Ordinary Retirement Home". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ "UCLA Set to Retire Numbers of Jabbar, Walton, Meyers, Curry". Los Angeles Times. January 23, 1990. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Schudel, Matt (June 4, 2010). "Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, winner of 10 national titles, dies at 99". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Kawakami, Tim (February 1, 1996). "Irish Find Little Luck in First Big East Season". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Wilkes, Miller head Hall of Fame class". FoxSportsWest.com (FOX Sports Interactive Media, LLC). Associated Press. April 2, 2012. Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. 
  14. ^ Raley, Dan (January 21, 2009). "Plenty of space available at Hec Ed". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Archived from the original on May 22, 2012. 
  15. ^ Condotta, Bob (January 21, 2009). "Husky Men's Basketball Blog". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on May 22, 2012. 
  16. ^ Raley, Dan (January 20, 2009). "Pac-10 Notebook: Huskies to hang Roy's No. 3 with the best". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Archived from the original on May 22, 2012. 
  17. ^ Smith, Shelley (November 18, 2011). "Walt Hazzard lived for others". ESPNLosAngeles.com. Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. 
  18. ^ Painter, Jill (March 28, 2006). "UCLA BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: WOODEN WON'T MAKE TRIP TO INDIANAPOLIS". Daily News (Los Angeles). Retrieved May 22, 2012. (subscription required)
  19. ^ Hoffarth, Tom (October 14, 2007). "THE NUMBERS GAME FROM 00 TO 99, WHICH PLAYER WOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR THE ALL-TIME SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ROSTER? NO.32 IS LIKELY TO BE HOTTEST DEBATE". Daily News (Los Angeles). Retrieved May 23, 2012. (subscription required)
  20. ^ Sondheimer, Eric (November 1, 2000). "Johnson Has Game to Go With His Name at UCLA". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. 
  21. ^ Wang, Jack (February 6, 2013). "UCLA to retire Don Barksdale's No. 11 jersey Thursday night in halftime ceremony". Daily News (Los Angeles). Archived from the original on February 7, 2013. 
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j UCLA Athletic Department, p.111.
  23. ^ "UCLA 81, Michigan 79". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 18, 2004. Archived from the original on May 22, 2012. 
  24. ^ Wang, Jack; Wolf, Scott (January 30, 2013). "Reggie Miller sees Bruins retire his No. 31 jersey". Daily News (Los Angeles). Archived from the original on February 7, 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "Basketball: Barkley, Thomas fined". Sun Journal (Lewiston). Associated Press. January 24, 1990. p. 30. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  26. ^ Kartje, Ryan (January 16, 2013). "Jamaal Wilkes’ No. 52 jersey to be retired at Thursday’s game". Orange County Register. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013.