Manhattan College to retire Jack Powers’ No. 34

Manhattan College has announced that it will, this season, retire Jack Powers’ No. 34. A former player and coach of the Jaspers, Powers will become the first player to have his number retired by the Jaspers.

The ceremony will take place at Draddy Gymnasium on February 26, during halftime when Manhattan takes on Iona. And what a legacy will be celebrated.

Powers scored 1,139 points while at Manhattan and helped the team reach two NCAA Tournaments, the most notable being in 1958 when the Jaspers beat a nationally ranked West Virginia team led by future Hall of Famer Jerry West.

Powers then went on to coach the Jaspers for 10 years, from 1968 to 1978. He went 142-114 over that stretch and led the team to four NIT berths. He was also the college’s athletic director for nine years and executive director of the NIT for 20.

Needless to say, this is a tremendous honor for Powers and a great day for the Jaspers, who have made the NCAA Tournament each of the past two seasons.

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