Former Duquesne great Norm Nixon’s jersey number 10 has been retired since 2001 but that will change this coming season.
Sophomore point guard Sincere Carry will wear no. 10 this season as a symbolic gesture to a fallen friend.
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This spring, Carry’s close friend Khalil “Champ” Hopson was the victim of gunfire and died at the age of 24. Hopson, wore no. 10 for Sharon High School, thus the reason for Carry wanting to wear the no. 10.
Since it was retired by Duquesne, Carry approached head coach Keith Dambrot about the request who then asked permission of Nixon who graciously granted it to Carry.
“When Sin came to me, I was a little hesitant,” said Dambrot. “But then the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was for a good cause and also a way to honor one of the greatest players in Duquesne history.”
This was important to Carry, who credits Hopson for getting him involved in basketball and is appreciative of the understanding shown to him by Nixon.
”To wear the number made famous by Norm Nixon and to be able to represent Champ at the same time is an honor,” said Carry.
”Norm’s selflessness and willingness to connect with a current player from Duquesne shows you why he was a championship player and leader on the floor,” said Dambrot. “It also tells you why he has been such a successful person in private business.”
Carry and the Dukes open up their 2019-20 season on November 5 against Princeton.