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G-Mac’s jersey to be retired

Bishop Hannan graduate Gerry McNamara will have his No. 3 basketball jersey retired by Syracuse University later this season.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim informed McNamara and Hakim Warrick, teammates on the 2003 National Collegiate Athletic Association champions, of the honor Friday.

A video posted on the Syracuse men’s basketball Twitter account Friday evening showed the moment that each was informed of the decision.

McNamara and Warrick, who wore No. 1, are fourth and fifth in school history in career scoring, each with more than 2,000 points. McNamara helped Syracuse to a national title as a freshman, one year after leading a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state championship run by Bishop Hannan, the Scranton high school which later merged with Bishop O’Hara to form Holy Cross in Dunmore. Warrick was a sophomore on the championship team.

Warrick and McNamara are joining 14 previous players to have their jerseys required. Included in the group is Carmelo Anthony, another key player on the 2003 championship team.

Marking 20 years since the title, the jersey retirement ceremony is expected to take place March 4 when Syracuse faces Wake Forest.

McNamara learned of the honor in a videoboard presentation after practice at Syracuse where he is an assistant coach.

“Incredible,” he later posted on his Twitter account. “At a loss for words with this one.

“So blessed and appreciative.”

McNamara holds Syracuse records for 3-pointers in a season (107) and career (400).


The video announcement of the jersey retirement decision:

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