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Gophers to honor McCarville, Burton with banner-raising ceremonies

Updated: October 23, 2019 08:25 PM

Two of the greatest basketball players in Minnesota Golden Gopher history will be honored this season as Janel McCarville and Willie Burton will have banners raised at Williams Arena.

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The University of Minnesota said McCarville will be recognized at the women's basketball home game vs. UC Davis on Dec. 15, while Burton will be celebrated on Jan. 26, at the men's basketball game vs. Michigan State.

McCarville reached the NCAA tournament in each of her four seasons (2002-05) at Minnesota, including two trips to the Sweet 16 and a memorable run to the 2004 Final Four in which she averaged a double-double with 19.4 points and 15.0 rebounds per game.

The Stevens Point, Wis., native collected numerous accolades throughout her career, including being a First Team All-American twice and a two-time finalist for the Wade Trophy. She was also the first in program history to be all-conference in each of her four seasons, including three First-Team honors, and was the first of four Gophers ever to win Big Ten Freshman of the Year, doing so in 2002.

McCarville holds the school record for career field goal percentage (.582) and ranks second in team history in rebounds (1206) and blocks (196), third in steals (273) and double-doubles (49), fifth in free throws made (414) and attempted (560) and rebound average (9.6), sixth in field goals made (701), seventh in scoring (1,835) and 10th in scoring average (14.2) and free throw percentage (.740), according to the university.

McCarville went on to have a long professional career, and was drafted No. 1 overall by the Charlotte Sting in the 2005 WNBA Draft. She was named the WNBA's Most Improved Player with the New York Liberty in 2007 and won a WNBA title with the Minnesota Lynx in 2013. She has also played internationally in China, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Turkey.

Burton, the third-leading scorer in program history, played four seasons (1986-90) with the Golden Gophers and helped lead the program to previously unmatched heights. He led the team in scoring both his junior (18.6) and senior (19.3) seasons, both NCAA Tournament years. His senior squad advanced to the Elite Eight, earning March Madness victories over UTEP, Northern Iowa and Syracuse before falling to Georgia tech at the Superdome in New Orleans.

The Detroit native left his mark upon the program record books, finishing his career behind Mychal Thompson (1,992) atop the career scoring records with 1,800 points – a mark that was eclipsed just last season by Jordan Murphy (1,802).

Burton is second among all Gophers in free throws made (426) and fifth in made field goals (646). He is one of just two Gopher players in program history to tally more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 200 assists.

Burton was picked ninth overall by the Miami Heat in the NBA Draft, and played four seasons with the franchise before stops with the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets. In eight seasons in the NBA, he scored more than 3,200 points and 900 rebounds, averaging 10.3 points in 316 career games.

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