Clippers’ Paul George to Attend Jersey Retirement at Fresno State on November 10

Before Paul George was an NBA superstar sporting a No. 13 jersey, he was an intriguing talent wearing No. 24 at Fresno State. Turns out, the six-time All-Star and soon-to-be second option for the Los Angeles Clippers will be the last person to ever wear one of Kobe Bryant’s numbers for the Bulldogs’ men’s basketball team.

On November 10, Paul’s jersey will be raised to the rafters during a ceremony at halftime of Fresno State’s regular-season home opener against Winthrop University at the Save Mart Center. Paul, who is scheduled to attend the event, will become just the second Bulldog to be so honored, joining Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian, who played and coached at Fresno State.

"I am humbled by the honor of having my jersey retired by Fresno State," Paul said in a statement. "I loved my time there and am so appreciative of the staff and the fans, and everyone in the Bulldog family that has been part of my basketball journey."

The Palmdale, California native averaged 15.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists over his two seasons at Fresno State. Though the Bulldogs failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament while he was on campus, Paul became the program’s highest-ever pick in the NBA draft when the Indiana Pacers selected him No. 10 overall in 2010.

 

Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.