ESPNNewYork.com is reporting that the Syracuse Orange will retire Carmelo Anthony's jersey during a game in February. The official game will be announced next week.
Anthony's jersey hanging from the rafters will be unveiled during the ceremony. He also will be handed a special large-framed plaque with his No. 15 jersey, which has not been worn since his first and only season on campus. Then, he will be given the opportunity to address the home crowd.
Usually, Syracuse retires jerseys, not numbers. However, this will be the first time that an actual jersey number will be retired. Next time someone asks you if Carmelo was important to SU, let them know that the dude was here for 7 months and he has a building named after him and he's the only player in the history of Syracuse basketball to have his number retired. BOSS. (Yes, I know he donated $3M to the Melo Center, but, still...).
Update: So there was some initial confusion but it looks like SU is sticking with it's standard operation procedure and retiring Melo's jersey but not his number. That means, just like Billy Owens, Sherman Douglas and the rest, anyone future SU player will still be able to wear No. 15. Carry on.
DOC Gross is currently at Men's Warehouse looking for the perfect suit and tie for the photo op occassion.
Melo will be the 10th SU player to have his jersey retired, joining the likes of Dave Bing, Billy Owens, Pearl Washington and Derrick Coleman.
As for which game it might be, some sleuths are thinking it's gotta be the February 23rd game against the Georgetown Hoyas based on the Knicks' schedule (they're in Toronto the night before) and, well, the fact that it's against Georgetown.