SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Yesterday was a big day for one Notre Dame men's basketball legend.
Former Irish hoops star Bob Whitmore entered the Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor.
Whitmore played at Notre Dame from 1966-1969 and now his famous #53 hangs in the rafters at his old stomping ground.
Head Coach Mike Brey says Whitmore is one of the best to ever do it at Notre Dame and had quite the story to share when he tried to explain to his team Whitmore's legacy.
"It's interesting that we honored some guys up in those rafters," Brey said. "No one has brought a bigger contingent because everyone loves this guy. Then you look at his numbers, it's staggering what he did. I shared a picture yesterday to our players of the opening tap 50 years ago in the building when he's going up against Lew Alcindor or against Kareem [Abdul Jabar]. I said 'Do you recognize who Bob is jumping against?' Crickets. My players. Crickets. They don't know Lew Alcindor, Kareem [Abdul Jabar]. They don't know Kareem. I'm like man. I'm getting old."
Whitmore is the the seventh men's basketball play to enter the Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor.