Let’s take a trip down memory lane and take a look at the Xavier greats that have their jerseys retired!
Byron Larkin’s #23, Class of ’88 – Larkin was a 1994 inductee and was the first Xavier basketball player to have his jersey retired. Larkin earned his way into the starting rotation as a freshman after only seven games as he proved to fans and Coach Staak that he was no ordinary player. Once he earned the starting role, he set a school record of 115 consecutive starts that wouldn’t end until his final game as a senior. His record remained untouched until Romain Sato broke it. Larkin lead the Muskies to their first ever NCAA Tournament win with a 29 point effort. Larkin also lead Xavier to three MCC Tournament Championships where he was named the MVP of all three. Larkin received many honors while at Xavier, including: Third Team All-America (1988 AP), MCC Player-of-the-Year (1986 and 1988), and First Team All-MCC (1986-88). Larkin scored 2,696 points in his career at Xavier which ranks top twenty in NCAA D1 basketball history.
Tyrone Hill’s #42, Class of ’90 – Hill was a 1996 inductee and the first Xavier basketball player to be a NBA Draft “lottery pick” and a NBA All-Star. Hill lead Xavier to their first ever Sweet 16 bid. As a freshman, Hill started for the 1987 team and helped Larkin and the Musketeers capture their first ever NCAA Tournament victory. Hill ranks eighth all-time in rebounds and fourth all-time in points at Xavier.
Brian Grant’s #33, Class of ’94 – Grant was a 1999 inductee who ranks fourth all-time in rebounds, tenth in scoring, and first in field goal efficiency at 65%. Grant was known for not only his impressive offensive output, but also his defensive ability. Grant ranks fourth all-time on Xavier’s shot block list with 127. He lead the Muskies to two NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT Tournament appearance. Grant holds the highest NBA Draft pick by any Musketeer, being drafted #8 overall in 1994.
David West’s #30, Class of ’03 – West will probably be one of the most memorable names to come out of Xavier. He ranks #1 all-time in blocks, second all-time in scoring, and third all-time in rebounding. West was named the AP Player of the Year his senior year. He is the only Xavier basketball player to ever have his jersey retired while still active.
In honor of all these Xavier greats, do you think there should be any other Xavier basketball player who’s number should be hanging from the rafters of Cintas? Let us know by leaving your comments!