COLUMBIA — Missouri men's basketball legend and all-time scoring leader Derrick Chievous will have his No. 3 jersey raised to the Mizzou Arena rafters at halftime of tonight's game against Kentucky.
Chievous, a 1987 All-American with 2,580 points and a Big Eight regular-season and tournament title to his name, is also 10th in NCAA history in made free throws with 764.
Although Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin and Chievous never crossed paths until both were out of the NBA and had children, Martin said he watched Chievous play in the black and gold.
"I watched him, he was a good player," Martin said Monday. "Played with a lot of flash, of course everybody knows about the band-aid. Yeah, I watched him play. Oh yeah."
The two stayed strangers until Martin got to know Chievous because he successfully recruited his son, Quinton, to play for him at Tennessee. Quinton currently plays for the Capital City Go-Go, the Washington Wizards affiliate of the NBA G-League.
Chievous also spoke to Missouri's team last year in Nashville before their NCAA Tournament game against Florida State. Martin said even though his players didn't really know who Chievous was, he respects Chievous for his accomplishments at Missouri.
"You're talking about, again, when you're the all-time leading scorer of a university, that means you put the ball in the rim, especially the way the game was a physical game, a tough game," Martin said. "He slashed, made plays, scored the ball, he got steals, he rebounded the ball. It's not an easy thing to do, and it's still standing to this day. It's impressive."
Chievous' number will be the seventh retired by the Missouri men's basketball program, and the first since Norm Stewart's No. 22 was retired in 2001.
Other retired numbers at Missouri include Jon Sundvold (No. 20), Willie Smith (No. 30), Doug Smith (No. 34), Steve Stipanovich (No. 40) and Bill Stauffer (No. 43).