What better way to tip-off Throwback Thursdays in this space than a tribute to Raptors alumni Morris Peterson, who will be inducted into the Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame today.
Peterson remains one of the best value picks ever by the Raptors at 21st overall in 2000 and quickly became a fan favourite with his clutch 3-point shooting, astounding array of circus shots, dedication to the franchise (remember him kissing the logo at centre court in his return?) and a tremendous work ethic that still sees him hold franchise records for games played (542) and consecutive games played (370).
But it was his time as a Spartan — particularly his senior year — when he enjoyed his greatest success. The sweet-shooting lefty was an integral part of MSU’s 2000 National Championship team and along the way was named as a consensus second-team All-American, the Big Ten Player of the Year, voted to the All-Big Ten team and named the Most Outstanding Player of NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional.
The Hall of Fame nod is not the first honour Peterson has received from his alma mater. Michigan State retired his #42 in a ceremony back in 2009.