November 12, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State basketball program will retire the jersey (#4) of former All-American Scott Skiles at halftime of this Friday's season-opening game against Northeast Louisiana.
Skiles enjoyed a stellar career as a Spartan cager, earning All-America status as a senior during the 1985-86 season, spearheading the team to an overall record of 23-8 which included a spot in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Plymouth, Indiana, native led the Big Ten in scoring that campaign with a 29.1 points per game average and was tabbed as the conference's player of the year as selected by the coaches. Chosen as the national Player of the Year by Basketball Times in 1985-86, his 850 total points that year still stands as the school's seasonal standard.
Career-wise, Skiles finished as MSU's all-time leading scorer with 2,145 points (currently No. 3) and still holds down the No. 1 spot on the Spartans' career chart in both assists (645) and steals (175). He scored 35 or more points six times during as a collegian and his career-best 45 points against Minnesota (Jan. 18, 1986) is tied for third on the school's single-game chart.
After his playing days at MSU, he enjoyed an 11-year career in the National Basketball Association. He is currently an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns.
"Scott certainly was one of the most intense and dynamic competitors that I have seen, not only at Michigan State, but in my association with college basketball," said head coach Tom Izzo, then an assistant with the Spartan program when Skiles played (1982-86). "He had the ability to take over control of a game through his ability as a great scorer and passer. Because of the current labor dispute in the NBA, we were able to secure Scott's attendance and we look forward to hanging his jersey in Breslin."
The MSU-Northeast Louisiana game will be played at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center on the MSU campus and tipoff is slated for approximately 8:35 p.m.