LSU announces former All-American Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf will have his jersey retired by the school
Turns out winning the regular-season conference title won’t be the only thing LSU’s basketball program has to celebrate next season.
On Monday, the school announced the program’s former two-time All-American Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf will have his jersey retired during a ceremony next season in Baton Rouge’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, Abdul-Rauf went by the name Chris Jackson during his LSU playing career.
“By a unanimous decision, Mahmoud now joins one of the most elite groups in college basketball – the five men’s basketball players whose jerseys LSU has retired,” said LSU Director of Athletics Scott Woodward in a released statement. “He’s one of the greatest of all time at LSU and incredibly deserving of this honor.”
During his playing career, Abdul-Rauf was twice honored as SEC Player of the Year and is the only player in college basketball history to average over 30 points per game during his freshman season. Abdul-Rauf was named an All-American in 1988 and 1989 and reached double figures in 63 of his 64 games at the school.
The only other retired jerseys in LSU basketball history belong to Pete Maravich (No. 23), Shaquille O’Neal (No. 33), Rudy Macklin (No. 40) and Bob Pettit (No. 50).
Joining them next season, Abdul-Rauf’s No. 35 jersey will never be worn again in Baton Rouge.