What a way to honour an NBA champion. Once upon a time, a particular Toronto Raptor starred for the Villanova Wildcats at college level. Now, Kyle Lowry's Villanova jersey is being retired in February, and his former coach has spoken gushingly of his love for the point guard.

A ceremony will be hosted on Feb. 26 during a Villanova home game to honour Lowry.

The Philadelphia native starred for the Pennsylvania college team during his two years there.

These days, Lowry is not only an NBA champion. He also holds the Villanova grad records for each of games, minutes played, assists, and steals in the NBA.

And Villanova head coach Jay Wright, who had already been with the program for three years before Lowry showed up in 2004, went all mushy when talking about Kyle's impact.

"Kyle brought a toughness to our program that everyone has had to live up to in the years since," said Wright in a release.

"We're so proud of all his basketball accomplishments, but mostly the man, father and husband that he's become."

We're not crying, you're crying.

Before taking on the big number seven with the Raps, Lowry sported the No. 1 jersey while playing for the Wildcats. That's the number that will be retired in his name at the end of next month.

According to Sportsnet, Lowry played 57 games of college basketball, winning 52 wins.

He earned All-Big East and Big-East All-Freshman nods during the two years he was with the Wildcats from 2004 to 2006.

Lowry has been known to break a couple of records with the Raptors, too, so this isn't something that will surprise Torontonians.

Lowry isn't the only player who will be getting their jersey retired next month by 'Nova. But, as Wright explains, Lowry's impact was a big factor in the other player's success, too.

Ryan Arcidiacono, who now plays for the Chicago Bulls, will also have his own separate ceremony.

"Ryan watched Kyle play and learned from him," shared Wright.

Kyle Lowry, leader of men since college.

To be honest, it's probably about time the NBA winner, five-time All-Star, and Olympic gold medalist got his jersey up in lights.

According to the Villanova statement, the number one jersey Lowry wore for those years on the team, will be retired during halftime when the Wildcats take on St. John's at Finneran Pavilion in Philadelphia on Feb. 26, 2020.

It's hard to argue a funny and thoughtful guy like Lowry oesn't deserve this moment.

There's one big question, though: Will he get a second jersey retirement in a few years, this time at Scotiabank Arena?

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