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[Sports] Former UofL All-American DeJuan Wheat to be honored

Special Events For UofL’s February Men’s Basketball Home Games
Lancaster Gordon, DeJuan Wheat to be honored, and two ‘color’ events planned

Jan. 23, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Several special events are on tap at the final four home University of Louisville men’s basketball games during the month of February.

Two former UofL All-Americans will have their names added to the list of honored jersey names displayed in the KFC Yum! Center: Lancaster Gordon and DeJuan Wheat.

Gordon (1980-84) will be honored at halftime of the Feb. 6 game against Connecticut. He is among the top U of L career scorers (1,614, 14th at U of L) and his 192 career steals rank seventh all-time. A native of Jackson, Miss, the 6-3 guard helped U of L to a combined 102-34 record and two NCAA Final Four appearances. He was selected as the 1983 NCAA Mideast Region Most Outstanding Player, scoring 24 points in the regional championship game against Kentucky.

Wheat (1993-97) will be honored at halftime of the Feb. 26 game against Pittsburgh. Wheat was the first player in NCAA Division I history with career totals of at least 2,000 points, 450 assists, 300 three-point goals and 200 steals. The Louisville native completed his career with 2,183 points (second all-time at U of L), 498 assists (4th), 323 three pointers (2nd) and 204 steals (6th). One of 12 finalists for the 1997 Naismith Player of the Year Award, he helped the Cardinals post a combined 95-41 record, four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 and Elite Eight in his last two years.

There will be two “color” events in February, with a “White Out” scheduled for the Feb. 13 game against Syracuse and the annual “Wear Red for the Seniors” game set for Feb. 29 when the Cardinals face USF in the final home game of the season. Cardinal fans are encouraged to wear white and red on those respective days.

(via UofL Sports)

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