In a piece written for The Player's Tribune, Ray Allen retired today after an 18-year NBA career. The 10-time All-Star is currently the all-time leader three-point shots made.
Allen was drafted 5th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1996 NBA Draft. In his final season in Storrs, Ray won Big East Player of the Year, was named First Team All-American, and USA Basketball's Male Athlete of the Year.
Coach Kevin Ollie on the retirement of Ray Allen
"I believe we are all well-aware of the tremendous impact that Ray has had, not only on the UConn basketball program, but on the game of basketball at its highest level. His skills on the court were obvious, but the daily work ethic he maintained in order to retain those skills for so long was truly inspiring.
"On a personal level for me, Ray has been a great teammate both at UConn and in the NBA and he continues to be an even better friend.
"I know he now enjoys being able to spend time with his wonderful family and with his second family at UConn as well. I wish him nothing but the best."
Coach Jim Calhoun on the retirement of Ray Allen
"We have had many great players through the years, but Ray is probably the No. 1 name brand we’ve had. We, at UConn, can all be proud of what he accomplished here and the greatness that he achieved when he went on to the NBA.
"He is obviously a very special player and he’s also a very special person on and off the court."