Sincere to Carry on The Legacy of No. 10 at Duquesne
PITTSBURGH – The No. 10 jersey at Duquesne, immortalized by two-time NBA All-Star Norm Nixon, was retired - along with four others - in a halftime ceremony at the Palumbo Center on Jan. 27, 2001. The number has hung in the rafters ever since.
No. 10 will be on the back of sophomore point guard Sincere Carry (Solon, Ohio/Solon) when the Dukes take the floor for the 2019-20 season opener vs. Princeton on Nov. 5.
It was a request by Carry, through head coach Keith Dambrot, that began the process.
Carry was looking to pay tribute to his close friend, Khalil "Champ" Hopson, who fell victim to gun violence at age 24 this spring. Champ wore number 10 as a high school star at Sharon High School. "He's the reason I got involved with basketball," said Carry.
"When Sin came to me, I was a little hesitant," said Dambrot. "But then the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was for a good cause and also a way to honor one of the greatest players in Duquesne history."
Dambrot reached out and Nixon gave his blessing, clearing the way for Carry to revive the legacy of one of the Dukes' all-time greats.
"Norm's selflessness and willingness to connect with a current player from Duquesne shows you why he was a championship player and leader on the floor," said Dambrot of Nixon who was a key member of two Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship teams. "It also tells you why he has been such a successful person in private business."
Having the endorsement of Nixon, the first Player of the Year in Atlantic 10 history, isn't lost on Carry.
"To wear the number made famous by Norm Nixon and be able to represent Champ at the same time is an honor," said Carry. "I won't let them down"
Carry wore jersey number 35 in leading the Atlantic 10 in assists per game (5.75) and earning a spot on the conference's All-Rookie Team last season. He was just the second player in DU history - and fifth freshman - to lead the A-10 in assists.
The 6-1, 180-pound Carry ranked first among the nation's freshmen in steals per game and fifth among freshmen in assists per game in 2019. His 161 assists - despite missing three games due to injury - were two shy of the freshman record of 163 set by Clayton Adams in 1987-88. His 5.75 apg. average was the best-ever by a DU freshman and second-best in school history (since assists were first recorded as an official stat by the NCAA in 1983-84).