Owls to retire Hal Lear's No. 6 jersey

In this March 20, 2009, file photo, the Temple Owl mascot dances on the court during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Miami. (Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Fifty-seven seasons after his last game in a Temple uniform, Hal Lear will see his No. 6 jersey hang from the Liacouras Center rafters.

The former guard will have his jersey number retired during a halftime ceremony of Temple’s Wednesday night game against Richmond.

“I am grateful for this honor,” Lear said in a statement. “But more importantly, I feel so privileged to have gone to Temple. Education is so important and I was well educated at Temple.”

In addition to being a standout student, he is regarded as one of the all-time great basketball players in Temple history.

The former Overbrook High great is one of three Owls to average 20 or more points in two different seasons. As a senior in 1955-56, Lear scored a school single-season record 745 points to average 24 points and lead Temple to its first NCAA Final Four appearance.

In 79 career games, he produced 1,472 points for an average of 19 points. The two-time NABC all-District selection was picked by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1956 NBA Draft.

“Temple has had many great players over the years help the program become the sixth winningest all-time, but Hal Lear clearly is at an elite level,” Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said in a statement.