DURHAM, N.C. - Shelden Williams and J.J. Redick, who both starred at Duke from 2003-06 and are currently playing in the NBA, will have their respective jersey numbers retired at separate ceremonies this season. Williams’ number 23 will be retired on January 28 and Redick’s number 4 will be retired on February 4 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The two Blue Devil stars will be the 12th and 13th players to be honored at “Retirement Day” at Duke, joining Dick Groat (#10), Art Heyman (25), Jeff Mullins (44), Mike Gminski (43), Johnny Dawkins (24), Danny Ferry (35), Christian Laettner (32), Bobby Hurley (11), Grant Hill (33), Shane Battier (31) and Jason Williams (22).
"Both of these players are deserving of this honor,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “They were very different players, but worked amazingly well together for four years. Each earned national recognition as All-Americans, as National Player of the Year and National Defensive Player of the Year multiple times. That speaks to their abilities as players. They handled their responsibilities in the classroom as well, which makes us as proud as any basketball honors bestowed upon them. They’re wonderful young men and both nights will be very special for Duke.”
A two-time National Defensive Player of the Year, Williams holds Duke career records in rebounds (1,262), blocked shots (422) and blocks per game (3.03), as well as single-season marks in blocks (137 in 2005-06) and blocks per game (3.81 in 2005-06). He ended his collegiate career with 1,928 points, 12th among Duke’s all-time scoring leaders. Williams ranks fifth at Duke with a .572 (687-of-1,202) field goal percentage. A consistent force in the paint for the Blue Devils, he registered 59 career double-doubles and had one of only three triple-doubles in school history. The Forest Park, Okla., native earned All-America recognition by various outlets three times (2004-06), culminating in being a first team Associated Press All-America selection as a senior in 2005-06. Currently a member of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, Williams earned a degree in sociology with a markets and management studies certificate.
“It is truly an honor to have my number hanging in the rafters with so many great players,” said Williams. “It’s a moment I will cherish forever, and an honor that wouldn’t be possible without the players and coaches I was fortunate enough to work with. I want to sincerely thank Coach K and the Duke family.”
Redick owns the school and ACC scoring records and ranks 16th in NCAA history with 2,769 career points. A prolific scorer, Redick is second among the NCAA’s all-time leaders in free throw percentage (.912) and stands fourth on Duke’s career chart and 18th in ACC history with a .406 (457-of-1126) three-point field goal percentage. He holds the NCAA career record with 457 three-point field goals made. The Roanoke, Va., native reached double digits in scoring 122 times as a collegian. He owns Duke career records in scoring (2,769), three-point field goals made (457), three-point attempts (1,126), free throw percentage (.912), most 20-point games (70), most 30-point games (20) and most 40-point games (3). A three-time All-America honoree, Redick earned National Player of the Year recognition in 2005 (Rupp Award) and 2006 (Wooden, Naismith, Associated Press, USBWA, NABC, Rupp, Basketball Times). Following his senior year, he became Duke’s first winner of the James E. Sullivan Award, given to the top amateur athlete in the United States. The current member of the NBA’s Orlando Magic earned his degree in history with a minor in cultural anthropology.
“I am honored to be recognized by Duke in this way,” said Redick. “It is humbling to have my name mentioned with some of the greatest players in Duke history. All of the individual accomplishments I achieved were the result of being on great teams, including the players, coaches, support personnel and the best fans in college basketball. I want to thank Coach K and the Duke administration for choosing to honor me in this way. It is an honor I will cherish.”