Murray State University retired the uniform of a former star basketball player on Saturday. During halftime in a game against Tennessee Tech, Director of Athletics Allen Ward said Isaiah Canaan’s No. 3 uniform would never be worn again.
Canaan is the tenth men’s basketball player to have his uniform retired, following Marcus Brown in 2010.
Associate AD for Media Relations Dave Winder said it was an emotional scene for Canaan, who didn’t know his uniform was being retired until that moment.
“I don’t think there’s any question that Isaiah was a great player when he was here, but since he’s left he’s just been a great ambassador for the university and fans just love him," said Winder. "I know it was a big night for him and it was a big night for Murray State."
Canaan was twice named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year before graduating in 2013. During his junior year, Murray State’s basketball team ranked top ten nationally and was listed as the 6th seed in the NCAA tournament.
After graduation, Canaan was drafted to play for the Houston Rockets. Last December, he signed with the Phoenix Suns, but was waived earlier this month after fracturing his left ankle.