Douglas and Dawson Join List of Honored Jerseys
Aug. 22, 2008
Champaign, Ill. - Big Ten Players of the Year Bruce Douglas and Jim Dawson are the next two Fighting Illini to be recognized by having their jerseys permanently displayed at Assembly Hall.
The University of Illinois is honoring its most decorated basketball players in school history by hanging a banner with their name and number from the roof of the Assembly Hall. A total of 20 men's players have earned a spot on this distinguished list and their jerseys will be unveiled for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 13 at A Night of Legends alumni basketball game, scheduled for 7 p.m.
Tickets for the alumni game are $15 each and are now on sale online or through the UI Athletics Ticket Office by phone at 217-333-3470 or 1-866-ILLINI-1 or in person at the Assembly Hall North Box Office.
Players selected to have their jerseys hung at the Assembly Hall must have achieved one of the following criteria: 1) National Player of the Year; 2) Enshrined in the National Basketball Hall of Fame; 3) U.S. Olympian; 4) Big Ten Player of the Year; 5) Consensus First or Second Team All-American.
Douglas earned Big Ten Co-Player of the Year honors as a sophomore in 1984. During that season, he helped lead the Illini to a Big Ten championship and the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, where he was selected to the All-Mideast Regional Team. A four-year starting point guard, Douglas finished his career with 765 assists, the most in Big Ten history. More than 20 years later, he remains the Illinois career assists leader while now ranking second on the league's all-time list. Douglas also was a two-time winner of the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year award and still maintains the conference record for career steals with 324. A member of the Illinois All-Century Team, Douglas currently ranks 22nd on the UI career scoring list with 1,261 points.
Dawson earned the 1967 Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball Trophy as Big Ten MVP. A two-time All-Big Ten selection, Dawson led the Illini in scoring during his senior season with an average of 21.7 points en route to being named University of Illinois Athlete of the Year. He also achieved success in the classroom, receiving Academic All-America honors. Dawson still appears on Illinois' all-time scoring chart, ranking 43rd with 976 career points.
Douglas and Dawson join the previously announced names of Deron Williams (2003-05), Dee Brown (2003-06), Luther Head (2002-05), Ray Woods (1915-17), Chuck Carney (1920-22), Bill Hapac (1938-40), Dike Eddleman (1947-49) and Walt Kirk (1944-45, 47) to have their jerseys hung at Assembly Hall. The remaining 10 players to be honored will be released over the coming weeks leading up to the reunion game.