Anthony Batchelor, the OCAA all-time leading men’s basketball top scorer, had his famous jersey number 32 retired in a special ceremony recently.
“It was a pretty special night, I am overwhelmed,” said Batchelor, adding the school's athletic program allowed him to achieve his goals both on and off the court.
This resulted in a professional career for which he's grateful for today.
“I've met a lot of great people and consider them as my extended family. They are special to me and I'm thankful to have them here tonight,” he said at the ceremony.
He joins a select group to have their jersey's retired. Previously, Ken Upshaw (1982-86), Augusto Duquesne (1994-97) and Bill Crowdis (1996-99) have been saluted.
During a brilliant five-year DC career Batchelor produced amazing stats while excelling in academic achievements. He's the owner of the all-time leading scorer title, producing 1,833 points, smashing the previous mark established 22 years earlier by Fanshawe ace Emilo Rocco by 399 points.
Throughout his collegiate career he won a number of provincial and national awards. He was named CCAA-All-Canadian, and OCAA Player of the Year and was a four-time OCAA All-Star.
He was crowned DC's basketball MVP five times, named the overall athlete of the year in '06, '07 and '08 and established a Lords single game total point record sinking 58 points against LaCite Coyotes. Augusto Duquesne was the previous holder with 40.
Academics were of a vital importance to Batchelor. To his credit, he won numerous OCAA All-Academic awards and was named CCAA Academic All-Canadian. In '06-'07 he received the Durham College Dr. Gary Polonsky leadership award.