Louisville Cardinals Men's Basketball - Notable Cardinals - Retired Numbers

Retired numbers
Number Player Years
8 Charlie Tyra 1954-57
31 Wes Unseld 1966-68
35 Darrell Griffith 1977-80
42 Pervis Ellison 1986-89

Louisville basketball has honored four former players by retiring their numbers. These are the last players to wear these numbers for a Louisville men's squad.

  • Charlie Tyra #8 - A Louisville native, the two time All-American Tyra lead the Cardinals to the 1956 NIT Championship and was named the tournament's MVP. He scored 1728 points and pulled down a Louisville record 1617 rebounds in his career. His 645 rebounds in the 1955-56 season still ranks as the 4th most in NCAA season history. He holds the Louisville record for most rebounds in a game (38), is second in career rebound average (17.0), third in free-throws made (448), fourth in scoring average (18.7), and eighth in scoring (1728) and field goals made (640). He was drafted #2 by in the Detroit Pistons in the 1957 NBA Draft.
  • Wes Unseld #31 - A two time consensus first team All-American from Louisville. Kentucky, Unseld holds the highest scoring (20.6) and rebounding (18.9) averages at Louisville. His 3 year career total of 1686 points is 10th best, and his 1551 rebounds ranks second all time at Louisville. He holds the single game scoring record of 45 points against Georgetown College (Kentucky). He was drafted #2 by the Baltimore Bullets in the 1968 NBA Draft.
  • Darrell Griffith #35 - The 1980 Player of the Year and consensus first team All-American he lead Louisville to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances winning the 1980 Championship as he had promised when he committed to his hometown Cardinals. Griffith's career 2333 points and single season 825 points rank first in Louisville history. He scored in double figures in 41 straight games and 111 of his 126 games with the Cardinals. His play earned him the nickname "Dr. Dunkenstein". He was drafted #2 by the Utah Jazz in the 1980 NBA Draft.
  • Pervis Ellison #42 - Ellison won the 1986 NCAA Tournament MOP award after leading the Cardinals to their second NCAA Tournament Championship. A consensus first team All-American in 1989, he is the only Louisville player to score 2000 points and grab 1000 rebounds in a career. His 374 career rejections rank first at Louisville and ranked Ellison 3rd all time in the NCAA when he left in 1989. He was drafted #1 by the Sacramento Kings in the 1989 NBA Draft.

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