Time to honor Lancaster Gordon, DeJuan Wheat

Long overdue.

Two former University of Louisville All-Americans will have their names added to the list of honored jerseys in the KFC Yum! Center.

Lancaster Gordon and DeJuan Wheat, names associated with good memories, some great seasons.

Gordon, from the 1980-84 era, will be honored at halftime of the Feb. 6 game against UConn. He is among the top U of L career scorers (1,614, 14th at U of L) and his 192 career steals rank seventh all-time. He was selected as the 1983 NCAA Mideast Region Most Outstanding Player, scoring 24 points in the regional championship game against Kentucky.

Wheat, one of the last great players from the Denny Crum era, will be honored at halftime of the Feb. 26 game against Pittsburgh. From 1993 to 1997, he helped U of L post a combined 95-41 record, four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 and Elite Eight in his last two years.

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There will be two “color” events in February, with a “White Out” scheduled Feb. 13th against Syracuse and the annual “Wear Red for the Seniors” game set for Feb. 29 when the Cardinals face South Florida in the final home game of the season.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.