YPSILANTI, Mich. — One of the greatest players in Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball history will have his jersey retired Sunday, Feb. 27.
Guard Earl Boykins, a four-year letterman for the Eagles from 1994-98, and an honorable mention All-American as a senior, will be the fourth EMU basketball player to have his jersey raised to the rafters.
Boykins’ No. 11 jersey will join former men’s greats George Gervin, Grant Long and Kennedy McIntosh along with women’s standout Laurie Byrd as the only basketball players to have their jerseys retired.
Boykins will be honored at halftime of the EMU-Western Michigan University Mid-American Conference West Division game which is set for a 2:07 p.m. start, Feb. 27, in the Convocation Center.
The first 500 fans will receive a free Boykins “Shersey” at the game. All EMU alumni can attend the game for $3 which includes a hot dog, pop and ticket. Anyone 18 or over can enter to win an IPad.
Boykins began his career as a freshman in 1994-95 and became an instant starter at point guard, a position he would own for four consecutive years.
Boykins averaged 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in his first season and helped the Eagles finish with a 20-10 record and a berth in the NIT post-season tournament.
In his sophomore season, Boykins averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 assists as the Eagles recorded a 25-6 overall record, a Mid-American Conference Championship with a 14-4 record and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The 5-foot-5 Boykins helped the Eagles defeat Duke in the first round of the NCAA before bowing out to a No. 1 seeded UConn team.
He was even better as a junior, scoring 19.1 points a game and averaging 4.7 assists as EMU finished with a 22-10 mark.
The star point guard saved his best play for his senior year, finishing second in the nation in scoring at 25.7 points a game, earning the MAC Most Valuable Player Award at the league tournament and being named an honorable mention All-American. The Eagles were 20-10 that year, winning the MAC Tournament title and earning another NCAA Tournament bid, losing to Michigan State in the first round.
He left EMU as the second-leading scorer in history with 2,211 points and is still playing professional basketball, this season with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.