Five former gamecock greats have had their jersey numbers retired:
#3 - BJ McKie - 6 - 6-2 - 190 - Columbia, SC
BJ McKie finished his career as South Carolina’s all-time leading scorer with 2,119 points and became just the 12th person in SEC history to be named AP First-Team All-SEC three years. A two-time captain, he played in 123 consecutive games, scoring in double figures 111 times and scoring 20 points 38 times (10 as a senior). He averaged 17.3 points his senior year and was third in SEC scoring. McKie helped lead South Carolina to its first SEC basketball title in 1997 when he averaged 17.4 ppg.
#11 - John Roche - g - 6-3 - 180 - Bronx, N.Y.
John Roche’s number was retired after a successful three-year tenure from 1968-71. Roche made one or more of the recognized All-America teams in each of his three seasons. He holds South Carolina records for three-year career point average (22.5) and points in a game, scoring 56 vs. Furman his senior year.
#22 - Alex English - f - 6-8 - 190 - Columbia, SC
Retired after his senior season of 1976, the number 22 worn by Alex English was the last South Carolina jersey number to be retired before BJ McKie’s was retired in December 2005. English was a consensus All-American at South Carolina and is second on the Gamecock all-time scoring list with 1,972 points. He started every game in a four-year span (111) and was a 52.8% shooter from the field in the process.
#42 - Grady Wallace - f - 6-5 - 165 - Mare Creek, Ky.
Grady Wallace, who wore number 42, was the first South Carolina player to have his jersey number retired. Wallace averaged an amazing 28.0 points in his career and led the NCAA in 1957 with 31.3 points per tilt, edging out Kansas’ Wilt Chamberlain. Wallace holds down four of the top six scoring games in school history, scoring 54 points versus Georgia during his senior year. Wallace was honored as the South Carolina Legend at the 2009 SEC Tournament.
#43 - Kevin Joyce - g - 6-3 - 180 - Merrick, N.Y.
The third number retired in Gamecock history was the number 43 of Kevin Joyce. Joyce scored 1,400 points in his three years at South Carolina, averaging 20.4 points per game as a senior. He may be best known for out-jumping UNC’s Lee Dedmon (6-10) with four seconds left in the 1971 ACC Tournament title game, tapping the ball to Tom Owens for the winning bucket. Joyce was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team.