Dec. 4, 2008
SEATTLE - The University of Washington will honor former Husky men's basketball All-America and 2007 NBA Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy this winter by retiring his jersey number "3" prior to the UW's January 22, 2009 men's basketball game against the University of Southern California.
A 2002 graduate of Seattle's Garfield High School, Roy completed his career at Washington in 2006 as one of the top players in school history. He led the UW to an 84-42 record from 2003-06 and was a key figure in the Huskies' three-straight NCAA Tournament and back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.
"I would like to thank President Mark Emmert, Scott Woodward and Coach Romar for this tremendous honor," said Roy. "It was always my dream to go to school at UW and play basketball for the Huskies. I cherish the time I spent at UW as it allowed me to develop as a basketball player and grow as a person. I was truly blessed to have amazing teammates, a great coaching staff and an unbelievable athletic department who supported me every step of the way. January 22nd will be a very special day for me and my family and I look forward to sharing it with all of the great UW fans."
For the past year Roy has served as the UW spokesperson for the Students First scholarship campaign. The 18-month campaign raised more than $80 million for scholarship support for students with financial need. He is also committed to giving back to his community through involvement in a number of other philanthropic projects throughout the Seattle and Portland areas.
Roy was named a first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press, becoming the first Husky to earn the honor since Bob Houbregs in 1953. Following his senior season, Roy was selected sixth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the National Basketball Association Draft. Following a draft-day trade to the Portland Trail Blazers, he averaged 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in his first professional season and received 127 of 128 votes for 2007 NBA Rookie of the Year honors. In his second season in the NBA, he was selected as a reserve to the NBA All-Star Game where he scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
"It is an honor to be able to retire Brandon's jersey," said Romar. "As a local high school player, he made the decision to stay home and help make this program better. He could have gone away to a more established program that was already winning. But, he decided to stay here and, along with his teammates, led our program to three-straight NCAA tournaments, back-to-back sweet sixteen's and, ultimately, was a first-team All-American. Not many have done that in the history of this program. I could not be happier for him and his family and there is not a better representative of the UW out there than Brandon Roy."
The first UW player to average more than 20 points per game in a season in more than 20 years, Roy was the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 2005-06. He finished his career ranked 10th on the school's scoring charts with 1,477 points and seventh in assists with 308. In addition to being named the team's MVP that season, he also earned the defensive player of the year and top hustler awards.
During the 2005-06 NCAA Tournament, CBS-TV analyst Jay Bilas described Roy as the nation's most complete player. During the NCAA Tournament that season, he averaged 20.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He also made more than 50 percent of his field goal attempts, and shot 40 percent from the three-point arc and 81 percent from the free throw line.
Roy is currently in his third season with the Trail Blazers. Prior to the start of the season, he underwent minor surgery on his left knee, but returned to start on opening day and is the team's leader in scoring and assists. In late November, he was named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week.