Duke To Retire Battier’s Number
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Duke senior forward Shane Battier is adding another honor to an already full resume.
The two-time national defensive player of the year will have his jersey retired in a ceremony before Wednesday night’s game against Georgia Tech, making him the 10th player to be so honored by the school.
Battier’s No. 31 will hang in the Cameron Indoor Stadium rafters alongside those of Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley, Christian Laettner, Danny Ferry, Johnny Dawkins, Mike Gminski, Jeff Mullins, Art Heyman and Dick Groat.
During his four-year career, Battier has led fourth-ranked Duke a 58-4 regular-season record in Atlantic Coast Conference play. He has led Duke to three consecutive regular-season championships and two straight ACC tournament titles.
Battier is averaging 19.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 2.1 blocked shots this season.
As a junior, Battier earned second-team All-America honors and won his second national defensive player of the year award.
Battier is the school’s career leader in charges drawn (101) and ranks second in 3-point percentage (42.7), third in blocked shots (220), and fourth in steals (238) and 3-point field goals (209).
Battier is one of four players in NCAA history to have at least 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 200 blocked shots and 200 steals, joining Kansas’ Danny Manning, La Salle’s Lionel Simmons and George Mason’s George Evans.