For the sixth time in the history of their basketball program, tonight the Duquesne Dukes will retire a players jersey number.
The Duquesne athletic department will retire the #13 and it will be raised to the rafters in honor of former Duquesne point guard Mike James.
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James played for the Dukes from 1995-98 and was a 1st team All-Atlantic 10 pick as a senior. He finished his career with 1,411 points which is 10th most in Duquesne history.
James went undrafted out of college, but after playing well overseas, signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat in 2001. James ended up playing 12 years in the NBA, which included winning a championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2003-2004.
Mike’s career embodies what it meant to be a Duquesne Duke,” said athletic director 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 isn’t also 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 joins Chuck Cooper (#15), Dick Ricketts (#12), Sihugo Green (#11), Willie Somerset (#24) and Norm Nixon (#10) as players with retired Duquesne jerseys.
The Dukes will take on Fordham tonight, you can click here for ticket information for this special night for Mike James and the Duquesne basketball program.