WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2002
JU Basketball To Honor Dolphin Legends on Feb. 2

Jan. 23, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Legends Return. On Saturday, Feb. 2, JU will honor six of its greatest basketball players in a special halftime ceremony of the Georgia State game. Artis Gilmore, Dee Brown, Otis Smith, James Ray, Rex Morgan and Roger Strickland - all of whom have their number retired at JU - will be on hand to celebrate the proud tradition of JU Dolphins basketball.

"These players helped establish the tradition of JU Dolphins basketball," says head coach and athletic director Hugh Durham. "They have represented our University with class both on and off the court, and have been contributing members to their respective communities. We are thrilled to have them returning during what we hope will be a very special season at JU."

The legends will participate in a special pre-game reception, followed by an autograph and photo session in the lobby of historic Swisher Gymnasium after the Dolphins' game against A-Sun rival Georgia State, which is coached by Lefty Driesell, one of the all-time winningest coaches in college basketball history. Fans in attendance will receive a special "Legends Day" insert, which can be signed by the former Dolphins following the game. JU will also honor its most long-standing fans at halftime for their undying loyalty to the JU basketball program.

Tickets are on sale at the JU Athletic Ticket office by calling (904) 745-7407, or by logging on judolphins.com. Reserved tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors (50+)/children (13-17), while general admission seats are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors/children. All children 12 and under are admitted FREE.


52  Roger Strickland

Career Highlights * Earned AP, UPI and Converse All-America honors in 1962 and 1963 * 1st on the JU career scoring average list (27.3 ppg) * 5th on the JU career points list (1,691) * Holds JU single-season record for scoring average (32.6 ppg) * Holds JU record for points in a season (783) * Set JU single-game record with 20 assists * Two-time All-Florida Intercollegiate Conference selection * Named MVP of Florida Intercollegiate Conference in 1962 * 1st selection of the LA Lakers as the 7th pick in the 1963 NBA Draft * 1st JU player to have his jersey retired 53 Artis Gilmore

Career Highlights * 1971 Consensus National Player of the Year * Earned All-America honors in 1970 and 1971 * Led the nation in rebounding in 1970 (22.2 rpg) and 1971 (23.2 rpg) * Helped lead JU to the 1970 NCAA Championship game * Holds NCAA career record for rebounds per game (22.7 ) * JU's career leader in rebounds (1,224) * 1st on JU single-season lists for rebounds (621), field goals (307) and blocked shots (269) * 1st on JU single-game lists for rebounds (34) and free throws made (18) * 1st selection of the 1971 ABA Draft by the Kentucky Colonels * Earned ABA's MVP and Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 1972 * Won the 1975 ABA Championship with the Kentucky Colonels * Top pick of the Chicago Bulls in the 1975 NBA re-entry draft * Holds NBA record for career field goal percentage (.599) * Named to the 1996 NABC Silver Anniversary team 32 Otis Smith

Career Highlights * Earned AP and The Sporting News Honorable-Mention All-America honors in 1984 and 1986 * Three-time Basketball Weekly and Basketball Times Honorable Mention All-American * Four-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection * 1986 Sun Belt Tournament MVP * Led JU to 1986 Sun Belt Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament * 1st on JU career games played (117) and minutes played (4,263) lists * Averaged 39.1 minutes per game during 1983-84 season * Ranks 4th all-time at JU with 1,715 career points and 911 rebounds * Second-round draft selection by the Denver Nuggets in 1986 24 Rex Morgan

Career Highlights * Earned Helms Foundation All-America honors in 1969 * Helped lead JU to 1970 NCAA Championship game * Member of the 1970 NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament Team * Ranks 3rd all-time at JU with a 22.0 ppg career scoring average * Holds JU record for free throws made in a season (215) in 1968-69 * Ranks fourth at JU in career assists (359) and sixth in free throws made (344) * Posted second-best scoring average (26.7 ppg) in JU history in 1968-69 * Second round draft pick by the Boston Celtics in 1970

43 James Ray

Career Highlights * Earned Converse All-America honors in 1980 * Helped lead JU to NCAA Tournament (1979) and NIT (1980) * Named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 1980 * Three-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection * Earned Sun Belt Conference Tournament MVP honors in 1979 * Holds Sun Belt Conference single-game record with 45 points * Ranks 7th all-time at JU with 1,591 career points and 4th with 911 rebounds * 1st selection by the Denver Nuggets and fifth pick overall in the 1980 NBA Draft 4 Dee Brown

Career Highlights * Earned Honorable-Mention All-America honors from Basketball Weekly and Basketball Times in 1989 and 1990 * Earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 1989 (2nd team)and 1990 (1st team) * Scored a Sun Belt Conference tournament-record 41 points vs. Old Dominion in 1990 * Named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament team in 1990 * Ranks 1st at JU on single-season (88) and 3rd on career (201) steals lists * 1st selection of the Boston Celtics and 19th pick overall in the 1990 NBA Draft * Won the 1991 NBA Slam Dunk Competition as a rookie * Named to the 1990-91 NBA All-Rookie Team * Led the NBA in three-point field goals made (135) in 1998-99