Tacoma native Isaiah Thomas will have his University of Washington jersey raised to the rafters, with a little delay.
Thomas’ No. 2 will be retired Feb. 17 against Colorado at Alaska Airlines Arena, a school spokesman said Thursday. The ceremony was set for Feb. 15 against Utah but thatchanged when Thomas was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers. With the Lakers hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 15, the school and Thomas moved the event back two days.
Carter Henderson, who is UW’s associate athletic director for communications and marketing, said Thomas confirmed with the school that he will be at the Feb. 17 game for the ceremony.
UW’s ticket office is offering full refunds to any fans who purchased single-game tickets for the Utah game, Henderson said.
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The deadline for a refund request is 5 p.m. Friday.
“Our priority was finding a date that worked to make this an unforgettable experience for Isaiah and for our fans, and we're thrilled to be able to do so this season,” Huskies athletic director Jen Cohen said in a statement. “We look forward to a memorable night on Montlake and appreciate our fans' understanding and patience with this adjustment.”
Thomas becomes only the third player in program history to have his number retired. He joins former center and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member Bob Houbregs and former All-American guard Brandon Roy.
UW announced in mid-December it would retire Thomas’ jersey.
Born and raised in Tacoma, he attended Curtis High until his junior year before transferring to South Kent School in Connecticut.
In 2006, he committed and later signed with the Huskies.
Thomas finished his career as the program’s eighth all-time leading scorer with 1,721 career points for an average of 16.4 points per game.
His number is currently worn by senior guard Dan Kingma. Kingma will continue to wear No. 2 for the rest of the year.
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