April 20, 2024

Terry Cummings

Chicago Native receives one in all DePaul’s highest honors

DePaul College will retire one in all its most celebrated alumni’s jersey this weekend – NBA Nice & Chicago Native, Terry Cummings. This prestigious honor will happen February twenty fourth on the residence of Blue Demons basketball – Wintrust Area – throughout halftime of the 5pm DePaul/Georgetown recreation.

Cummings left an indelible mark on the DePaul basketball program. In three brief seasons, Cummings tallied almost 1,400 factors, 850+ complete rebounds, 140+ assists and greater than 110 blocks. His 850+ profession rebounds remains to be among the many Prime-10 in DePaul historical past. Cummings was the 2nd total choose within the 1982 NBA Draft. Cummings comes from humble beginnings, having grown up on the imply streets within the Roseland space, together with 12 brothers & sisters. It wasn’t straightforward for the 6’9 light big. Took lots to remain on the straight and slim.

“The Lord blessed me with an unimaginable profession. This can be a very particular honor for me. DePaul is the place I grew to become a person and laid the constructing
blocks for a profitable 18-year NBA profession. I’m excited to rejoice with DePaul, its employees, scholar physique and one of the best followers in school
basketball,” he chuckled. “I simply hope I made them as happy with me as I’m to be a Blue Demon,” stated the Chicago native concerning the award. “It’s a really candy honor. Being from the tough & tumble south facet of Chicago, Roseland wasn’t essentially a simple place. I needed to keep targeted. A number of issues come at you & tried to get me, that’s for positive. I made it,” Cummings mirrored.

Cummings went on to take pleasure in an illustrious 18-year NBA profession which included being named the 1983 NBA Rookie of the Yr, NBA All-Rookie First Group, two-time NBA All-Star and three All-NBA honors. He scored virtually 20,000 profession factors, 8,630 profession rebounds and 1,255 profession steals throughout his professional profession. As of December 2022, his profession factors rank him 57th on the Prime 100 scorers in NBA historical past!

Cummings turns into solely the third participant in DePaul’s historical past to have his jersey retired. Fellow alum Mark Aguirre’s #24 and George Mikan’s #99 are the one gamers to have their jersey numbers retired in program historical past. Cummings was inducted into DePaul Athletics’ Corridor of Fame in 2004.