Illinois Tech to Retire Samuel Rarick’s Jersey Number

During halftime at the men’s basketball game on Tuesday, February 20 against East-West University, the Scarlet Hawks will retire the jersey number of Samuel Rarick, the program’s all-time leading scorer.

Rarick, who wore number 55 for all four of his seasons as a Scarlet Hawk, was a three-time USCAA All-American and ranks first all-time in scoring with 1,892 points. The Chicago native, who suited up for the Scarlet Hawks from the 2013–14 campaign through last season’s USCAA Championship appearance, played a total of 97 games over his four seasons, ranking second all-time in rebounds (764), blocks (83), points per game (19.7), rebounds per game (8.0) and blocks per game (0.9). He is also the only player on record to have a career shooting percentage of over .500% (.533%) and holds the USCAA Tournament Record for most three-point field goals without a miss in a single game, making all four of his three-pointers (the only four he made all season) in Illinois Tech’s 85-84 double overtime win over top-seeded Maine-Fort Kent.

After averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds as a freshman, Rarick averaged an astounding 27.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in his sophomore season, leading to a USCAA All-American Second Team selection. His next two seasons, which both featured averages of more than 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, also garnered USCAA All-American Second Team or Honorable Mention honors. Rarick was one of three players on last season’s USCAA National Championship Qualifier that also was a member of the 2013–14 season, seeing a remarkable transformation from a winless program to a 23-win season in just four years.

Check out Rarick’s career numbers below.


All-time Illinois Tech Rank

Total Points

1,892 (first)

Total Rebounds

764 (second)

Total Blocks

83 (second)

Points Per Game

19.7 (second)

Rebounds Per Game

8.0 (second)

Blocks Per Game

0.9 (second)

Shooting Percentage

.533% (first)

The February 20 game will also have live audio, video, and stats. The live audio will be powered by Illinois Media School.