JMac's number retired by Greece Athena

Updated: 12/20/2013 11:32 PM
Created: 12/20/2013 11:14 PM WHEC.com

John Wallace is a Rochester basketball legend, but even he was never 'hot as a pistol,' like JMac. Nearly eight years ago Jason McElwain, the Greece Athena basketball manager who has autism played his first and only varisty basketball game. Four minutes and 19 seconds, 20 points, captivating hearts across the country. It culminated Friday night with JMac's number 52 jersey being retired next to Wallace's.

It was a packed house at the Athena gym for the celebration of JMac. His former teammates from that '06 team were in attendance.

That 52 is just the second jersey in school history to be retired along side Wallace's 44.

These day's JMac is an assistant for coach Jim Johnson. The man who put JMac in the game. Jason's dream is to be a high school or college head coach.

He is also a marathon runner and will compete in next year's Boston Marathon.

The teenager who sweep the nation off his feet is now a humbled 25-year-old man. We asked him what it felt like to see his number get retired.

He said, "Emotional, really emotional. Really amazing. I had a great group of teammates that I played with, I had a great group. A great coaching staff I played for. It was just awesome, an awesome moment, but now we got to get ready for the game."


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