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VIDEO: Kawhi Leonard’s Jersey Retired at Viejas Arena

The entire Los Angeles Clippers team, including owner Steve Ballmer and coach Doc Rivers, attended the ceremony.
By SDSU News Team
 

On a night in which the No. 4 San Diego State University men’s basketball team rallied to defeat Utah State 80-68 to remain undefeated, the university honored one of its most famous alumni, Kawhi Leonard, by retiring his jersey to the rafters of Viejas Arena.

The Aztecs unveiled Leonard's No. 15 jersey during a halftime ceremony that included former head coach Steve Fisher. Fisher called it "the senior night I never got to have with you ... This is your legacy, my friend. Look around this building." 

Leonard, who played two seasons at SDSU, called it "a dream come true" and thanked Fisher, his former teammates, the student section and his Los Angeles Clippers teammates. Leonard’s family and the entire Clippers team, including owner Steve Ballmer and head coach Doc Rivers, attended the ceremony. Leonard is the first player in program history to have his jersey hanging in Viejas Arena.

All fans in attendance received a free commemorative Kawhi Leonard t-shirt to commemorate the occasion.

The two-time NBA champion and NBA Finals MVP played two seasons at SDSU, 2009-10 and 2010-11, when the team set a school record with 20 consecutive wins to open its season. He guided the Aztecs to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, two Mountain West Conference championships and the school's first Division I NCAA tournament victories en route to SDSU’s first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2011. 

 
Kawhi Leonard's Jersey Retired
Leonard became the first player in program history to have his jersey retired in the Viejas Arena rafters. (All photos courtesy of GoAztecs.com)