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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry gets jersey retired at Villanova University

Arguably the greatest Raptor of all-time has been immortalized by his alma mater.

Kyle Lowry's No.1 now hangs in the rafters at Villanova after a special ceremony held at halftime of the Wildcats' game against St John's on Feb. 26th.

"Kyle brought a toughness to our program that everyone has had to live up to in the years since. We're so proud of all his basketball accomplishments, but mostly the man, father and husband that he's become," Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in a release .

Lowry was instrumental in the Wildcats winning 52 games and embarking on two deep NCAA Tournament runs in his two seasons at Villanova. (2005 NCAA Sweet 16 and the 2006 NCAA Elite Eight)

He averaged 11.0 points, 3.7 assists shooting 44.4% from three in his Sophmore year, which turned out to be his final season at Nova.

His Nova resume includes being named 2005 Philadelphia Big Five Rookie of the Year, Big East All-Freshman team (2005) and an All-Big East nod in 2005-06.

Since then he's gone on to be named a five-time NBA All-Star, All-NBA honours in 2015-16 and was the heart and soul of the Toronto Raptors championship run in 2019.

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