VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University is honoring one of the Trailblazers’ greatest basketball players Shawn Marion on Jan. 15 at the P.E. Complex.
The four-time NBA all-star and NBA champion will be recognized during a special ceremony at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Lake Land. Tip-off is 7 p.m. ET.
Admission to basketball games is free for all VU students with a VU ID. Admission is also free for current and retired VU employees with a VU ID and one guest. Admission is free for children 12 and under. General admission tickets are $5 and reserved seating costs $8. Only cash is accepted at the door.
Marion dominated at the P.E. Complex between 1996 and 1998. An All-American at VU, Marion ranks second on the Trailblazers' all-time lists with 1,685 points and 923 rebounds.
Marion is a cherished alum, who strengthened the Trailblazers’ rich basketball history.
“He is a real gentleman and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever want to meet. He is a plus for the Vincennes University men’s basketball program,” VU Athletic Director Harry Meeks said. “I knew Shawn when he was here. He was obviously a great player, but the thing about Shawn was he was a great player and a class act.
“My two daughters idolized him. He gave Molly and Mel his sophomore year practice jersey, and we still have it at home. We have fond memories of Shawn.”
Marion, a NBA first-round draft pick, is one of VU’s all-time greats. He earned All-American honors in each of his two seasons with the Trailblazers and led VU in scoring as a freshman and sophomore. During the 1996-97 season, he collected NJCAA Second Team All-American honors. He received First-Team All-American honors during the 1997-98 season. Marion averaged 23.4 points per game over two seasons, scoring 1,685 points, which ranks No. 2 on VU’s all-time career scoring list. He is a two-time Allen L. Bradfield NJCAA Region 12 Most Valuable Player Award recipient. In 1998, he was awarded the David Rowlands Male Student Athlete of the Year Award by the NJCAA.
Marion led the Trailblazers to sixth and fifth places, respectively, at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Marion’s retired No. 31 VU jersey hangs in the rafters of the P.E. Complex. He was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2005.
“We are excited about having Shawn back,” VU Men’s Basketball Coach Todd Franklin said. “We really want everybody that has played here to feel like this is their basketball family and this is their basketball home, and we want them all back. Getting Shawn back, we’re hoping this opens the door to having more and more of the guys coming back.”
Marion transferred from VU to NCAA Division I University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he led the Runnin’ Rebels in both scoring (18.7 points per game) and rebounding (9.3 rebounds per game) during the 1998-99 season. In his only season at UNLV, he was a First team All-Western Athletic Conference selection.
He enjoyed a successful 16-year NBA career. Marion was selected as the No. 9 pick in the 1999 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns and played for the team for eight seasons. He won a NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. Marion also played for the Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers before retiring in 2015.
He was a NBA All-Star in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He is a two-time All-NBA pick, earning a spot on the third team in 2005 and 2006. He appeared on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2000. Marion was a NBA Shooting Stars champion in 2005. In 2014, Marion became the first player in NBA history with 15,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 1,000 blocks and 500 3-pointers.
In 2004, he won an Olympic Bronze Medal with Team USA at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Marion earned his famous nickname “The Matrix” from TV analyst Kenny Smith due to Marion’s versatility and athleticism as a player.
Currently, Marion is a co-owner of a professional basketball team based in Auckland, New Zealand. The New Zealand Breakers play in the National Basketball League, the top professional league in Australia and New Zealand.
He was a competitor on the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race” in 2018.
Marion lived near Chicago, Illinois for a portion of his childhood. He played high school basketball in Clarksville, Tennessee.
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