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UMass retires Marcus Camby's number

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In his three seasons at the University of Massachusetts, Marcus Camby nearly carried the Minutemen to the highest of highs in college basketball.

Saturday, the school honored Camby as he became just the fifth player to have his number retired by UMass.

Camby, who is playing in his 17th NBA season, was welcomed warmly inside the Mullins Center.

There were several speeches, including one that was shown on the video screen from his former coach, John Calipari.

Camby told CBS 3 that his time with Calipari shaped him for his longer-than-average stay at the pro level.

"He was always on me about something," said Camby.  "But I know in hindsight, he just wanted me to be a better person and a better player.  So, I took all of that constructive criticism, kept my head up high and just kept working."

Due to violations, many of the accolades Camby achieved at UMass in the 1990s were taken away by the NCAA.

The New England native said he has taken responsibility for that from day one.

"I accepted full responsibility," Camby stated.  "Not once have I ever deterred from that statement.  I chalk it up as growing up and becoming a man.  That is what I have become in all facets of life.  The support I had today was tremendous.  I am very grateful and very thankful."

Camby said with his former teammate, Derek Kellogg, as the Minutemen's head coach, we can expect to see him around more often with the team.

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