Villanova Retires Kyle Lowry’s No. 1 Jersey on Special Night
It was an emotional night for Kyle Lowry as he returned to his alma mater, Villanova.
On Wednesday evening, alongside his wife and two children, Lowry watched his no. 1 jersey get raised to the rafters. A former first round pick, Lowry spent two season at Villanova, playing under the then young head coach Jay Wright. Since then, Lowry has gone onto win an NBA championship, while Wright has led the program to two national championship.
“My freshman year, I was such an immature kid and I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know what I wanted or what I could do or what my abilities were off the court,” Lowry said. “I didn’t know what I was, I didn’t know who I was. Me and Coach never talked about basketball. We always talked about these things off the court. That’s why me and Jay, to this day, have the relationship that we have. It wasn’t nothing about basketball. He didn’t worry about me on the court. He worried about me as a man.”
Villanova came in ranked no. 12 and were able to fight off a scrappy St. John’s team en route to a 70-61 win.