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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On Feb. 16, 2019, during the men's basketball game against CSU Bakersfield at Swinney Center, UMKC legend Michael Watson got his #22 jersey retired. Family, friends and former teammates joined the UMKC community in honoring Watson's career and impact on the University.
Watson, who played four seasons from 2000 – 2003, scored nearly 2,500 points making him the all-time leading scorer in UMKC history. He is also the second all-time leading scorer in the conference formerly known as the Summit League. In 2004, Watson was named a first-team All-Mid-Continent Conference selection for the third year in a row, which is the most of any player in a Roo uniform. He joined Tony Dumas as the only Roo players to be recognized twice on the NABC All-District Second Team. Watson is the school career leader in three-pointers made, which ranks 13th in NCAA history. The Kansas City Central (Mo.) High School product also holds UMKC career records for games started, games played, minutes played, field goals made and three-pointers attempted. In addition, Watson holds the record for most points scored in a single game of 54 against Oral Roberts University.
After his senior season at UMKC, the 6-1 guard signed as a free agent with the NBA’s Boston Celtics in 2004. He later went on to play professional basketball for eight years in Poland, Turkey, Italy, France and his native Puerto Rico.
Wearing #22, Watson’s number will no longer be worn after the completion of the 2018-19 season. Watson becomes the third athlete in UMKC history to have their jersey number retired joining former volleyball player Catalina Suarez-Moss and former men’s basketball player Ronnie Schmitz.
Watson credits much of his recognition to his teammates and coaches throughout his time at UMKC, especially former head coach Rich Zvosec and players Ken Dempsey and Jason Ivey.
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