Dec. 5, 2012
Fred Shear `73 enjoyed one of the great careers in Siena basketball history, and now his legacy will be immortalized at the Times Union Center. Shear's No. 50 jersey is set to be unfurled from the rafters at halftime of the Saints' game with La Salle on Saturday, December 29 at 7 p.m.
Shear joins Marc Brown '91, Billy Harrell '52 and Kenny Hasbrouck '09 as one of four players to have their jersey retired.
"Clearly this is a great individual honor and one that I most graciously accept," Shear said. "It is also a tremendous team honor. It speaks volumes about the type of teammates and coaches I had from 1969-73. This honor will be accepted on behalf of all my teammates and coaches during my four years at Siena College. We are all extremely grateful."
Shear still holds the second highest career scoring average (20.3 ppg) in program history and the fifth highest career rebounding average (9.5 rpg). He was the first two-time All American in Siena history, earning Associated Press Honorable Mention recognition in 1972 and 1973.
The Waterford-Halfmoon High School graduate is the only Siena player to have averaged at least 19.5 points per game in three consecutive seasons, and was the first person to be inducted into the Siena Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility (1978). He also reached the 1,000 point mark in fewer games (52) than any player in program history.
Shear played just three varsity seasons due to the NCAA freshman rule, but still ranks 12th all-time with 1,400 career points and 15th with 658 rebounds. He held the Siena career scoring record for 14 years ('73-'87) prior to the introduction of the 3-point line. Shear was the captain of Coach Bill Kirsch's first team at Siena.
In addition to the Siena Hall of Fame, Shear is a member of the Waterford-Halfmoon High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame.