Friday, February 27, 2009

Hinrich's jersey to be retired

Kirk Hinrich, a guard on two University of Kansas Final Four basketball teams, will join his good friend and teammate Nick Collison when Hinrich's jersey is raised to the rafters in Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday. (Collison's jersey was retired in 2004.)

Hinrich was one of my favorite players at KU who, together with Collison and Drew Gooden, formed the nucleus of one of Roy William's best, and most productive, recruiting classes. The trio carried Kansas to the NCAA Final Four in 2002, then Hinrich and Collison duplicated the feat in 2003, going all the way to the National Championship game before losing to Syracuse.

My favorite Hinrich moment was in that 2003 run to the Final Four when he blocked Jason Gardner's shot in the final moments of Kansas' regional final win over Arizona.

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