Maryland Announces Dates For Graham, Rhodes Jersey Ceremonies

February 08, 2012 | WNST Staff

Banner for Graham to be raised at Boston College game Feb. 16; Rhodes to be honored at Miami game Feb. 21

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Ernie Graham and Johnny Rhodes, two of the greatest all-around players to don a Maryland basketball uniform, will have their jerseys honored at Comcast Center in two separate ceremonies this month.

Graham, who is the 13th-leading scorer in school history with 1,607 points, will have his jersey raised to the rafters on Feb. 16, when the Terrapins play host to Boston College. Rhodes, the ACCs all-time leader in steals, will have his jersey honored Feb. 21 when Maryland plays Miami. The ceremonies will take place approximately 20 minutes prior to each tipoff.

A multi-dimensional player who could do it all, Graham ranks 16th in school history in assists and led the team in steals as a senior, in addition to ranking 13th all-time in scoring. He was an important piece of Maryland’s rise to becoming a player on the national scene in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, leading the Terps to the postseason each of his final three seasons.

As just a sophomore in 1978, Graham demonstrated his ability to be a prolific scorer when he set a single-game school record with 44 points against NC State, a mark that still stands more than 33 years later.

A year later, Graham averaged more than 15 points a game, totaled 136 assists, 230 rebounds and 43 steals to lead Maryland to a first-place finish in the ACC regular-season standings and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Rhodes is perhaps the best defensive player ever at Maryland, still holding the conference mark for steals in a career with 344, nearly 16 years after his time in College Park ended. The shooting guard from Washington, D.C., also ranks fifth on the school’s 3-pointers list (186), 10th in points (1,743) and 10th in assists (437).

In each of his four seasons (1992-96), Rhodes led the team in steals and tallied at least 90 assists, all while averaging 14.3 points per game. He was a three-time All-ACC selection and helped Maryland make three NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the Sweet 16.

As a junior, Rhodes helped lead the Terps to a Top-10 final Associated Press Poll ranking, their first since 1980. He led Maryland back to the NCAA Tournament again as a senior, leaving a foundation of success that future teams built upon as the Terps reached the NCAAs 11 straight years from 1994 to 2004.

Graham and Rhodes will be the 17th and 18th players to have been honored with a banner in the Comcast Center rafters. Former head coach Gary Williams also has a banner hanging above the court.

A limited number of tickets remain available for the Boston College and Miami games. Call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP to purchase tickets.

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