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Ernie Graham is honored more than 30 years after Terps career

More than 30 years after playing at Maryland, Ernie Graham was asked Thursday night whether he thought the day would come when his jersey was honored by the school.

"Honestly, no," Graham said.

On Thursday night, Graham -- who also played for Baltimore's Dunbar --  joined 16 other Terps whose names and numbers appear on banners hanging from the Comcast Center rafters.

“It still feels good to be home – finally,” he said. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake attended the pregame ceremony.

Graham, who wore No. 25, played for coach Lefty Driesell from 1978 to 1981 and holds the single-game mark of 44 points, set against North Carolina State in 1978. He ranks 13th in career points (1,607), according to the school's website.

In recent years, Graham has waged a campaign to steer kids away from drugs. He said late last year that he has not used drugs for more than 16 years.

The inclusion of some players over others almost always generates debate among Terps fans -- and Graham's selection certainly is no exception. Some former players say Maryland needs to make sure it has criteria that are consistent. The school said it will study the matter to make sure it uses standards that are fair.  

 

 

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