EAST LANSING, Mich. -- (AP) -- Morris Peterson says it was unbelievable seeing his jersey go to the rafters at Michigan State.
His name and No. 42 were hoisted Saturday before the seventh-ranked Spartans beat Illinois.
Peterson, who helped Michigan State win the 2000 national title, became the ninth Spartan to have his jersey retired and joined greats such as teammate Mateen Cleaves and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.
After the pregame ceremony, the New Orleans Hornets guard was driven about 80 miles through snow to join his teammates for a game against the Detroit Pistons.
The Flint native went from being an unheralded recruit to a star in five years at Michigan State, where he became the first reserve to be an All-Big Ten player in 1999.