MARSHALL RETIRES MIKE D'ANTONI'S JERSEY|
May 22, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - New York Kicks Head Coach Mike D'Antoni was honored by his alma-mater on Thursday night with the retirement of the #10 that he wore as a standout at Marshall from 1970 to 1973.
D'Antoni is the seventh Marshall men's basketball player to have his jersey retired, joining Charlie Slack, Leo Byrd, Russell Lee, Walt Walowac, John Taft and Hal Greer.
In his three seasons at Marshall, D'Antoni led the Thundering Herd to a 59-21 overall record and berths in both the NCAA (1971-72 season) and NIT (1972-73 season) post-season tournaments. He helped the 1971-72 team to a 23-4 overall record and a national ranking of 12th in the final Associated Press Poll - the highest final ranking in school history at the Division I level.
The Mullens, West Virginia native is Marshall's only two-time first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American (1972 and 1973) and holds the school record for career assists per game with 8.23 per contest. He ranks second all-time in total assists with 659 despite playing just three seasons of varsity basketball. D'Antoni set a school-record for single-season assists with 241 and assists per game in a single season with 8.9 during the 1971-72 season. All of those marks still stand.
The sharp-shooting D'Antoni scored 1,227 points in his Marshall career. That number ranks 27th all-time at the school and his 491 career field goals made rank 16th at Marshall. He ranks 12th all-time at Marshall in free throw shooting percentage at 77.3% (167-of-216).
D'Antoni was not the only Herd great to sport the #10 in his career with the Herd. Bill Toothman played at MU from 1945-49 and ranks 19th in the Herd record books in scoring with 1,326 points. He was a Second-Team NAIB All-American in 1947.
From 1954 through 1957, Cebe Price wore the number. Price ranks 15th in school history in scoring with 1,449 points, averaging 21.2 PPG, fourth best all-time. He was a three-time first-team All-MAC selection.
Danny D'Antoni, Mike's brother, sported the number during his career, which spanned from 1966-69. He was one of the top free throw shooters in school history, hitting 77.4% of his attempts.
Fellow Mullens, W.Va. native and former Marshall head coach Greg White wore the #10 from 1977 through 1971. He is the all-time assist leader at MU with 701 and is the second most accurate free throw shooter in team history at .864.