On Feb. 15, the Washington Huskies will play Utah in what could very well be a pivotal Pac-12 matchup, with post-season and NCAA Tournament implications. It will be plenty meaningful on its own, and yet it will be so much more: It will be the night that Washington retires Isaiah Thomas’ famed No. 2 jersey.
“Words can’t describe how grateful I am to receive this honor,” Thomas said, via the school’s website. “The University of Washington provided me the opportunity and support to pursue my dream of playing professional basketball, but it has also shaped who I am as a person. I always dreamed of becoming a Husky, playing in Hec Ed and earning my degree from Washington, and to know that my name will live there forever means the world to me.”
— UW Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) December 14, 2017
Thomas played for the Huskies from 2008-2011, leading Washington to a conference championship in all three seasons, averaging more than 16 points and 4 assists per game. His 1,721 career points landed him eighth all-time for the University of Washington and he is the only Husky in history to score at least 541 points in three consecutive seasons.
“Isaiah’s heart, competitiveness, grit, determination and perseverance through challenges define what it means to be a Husky,” Washington Athletic Director Jennifer Cohen said. “He has faced obstacles at every stage of his journey, and it is my hope that his jersey in the rafters will serve as an inspiration to many more young men and women throughout the state, to know that anything is possible.”
Thomas has made an NBA career out of defying the odds. The 60th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Thomas has become one of the league’s most electrifying guards, leading the Boston Celtics to the 2017 conference finals, where they eventually fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thomas’ current team after being traded to the Cavs in the off-season.
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