Feb. 24, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – This evening’s pre-game ceremony inducting Luke Harangody into Notre Dame’s Ring of Honor begins a new tradition here at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
A banner honoring Harangody’s number 44 was unveiled tonight prior to the start of Notre Dame’s BIG EAST matchup against Pittsburgh and now permanently will hang in the rafters of Purcell Pavilion.
Beginning in 2010-11, the Notre Dame Athletics Department plans to honor annually additional former and present men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball players who have made distinguished and noteworthy contributions during their career while student-athletes at the University. A committee that will consist of Irish coaches and administrators will be formed to determine future inductees.
As the first player in Notre Dame basketball history with 2,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds, Harangody becomes the first individual to earn a spot in the Ring of Honor. The two-time All-American ranks second all-time with 2,425 career points and 1,198 rebounds. He also stands third all-time in BIG EAST Conference history with 1,324 career points and second in rebounding with 660 boards. The 2008 BIG EAST Player of the Year has been a two-time first-team all-conference honoree and garnered league all-rookie team honors in 2007. As a junior and senior, he led the conference in both scoring and rebounding and became the first player in league history to stand atop the rankings in both of those categories in back-to-back seasons.
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