The Villanova men's basketball program announced on Tuesday that Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry will have his jersey number retired on Feb. 26 when the Wildcats take on St. John's.

The impact that the Raptors star left on the Villanova men's basketball program has been felt long after his collegiate playing career. Wildcats head coach Jay Wright stated that Lowry ‘brought a toughness' to the program and that has set the tone for players ever since.

“Kyle brought a toughness to our program that everyone has had to live up to in the years since. We're so proud of all his basketball accomplishments, but mostly the man, father and husband that he's become,” Wright said, via an official press release.

During Lowry's time with Villanova, the Wildcats managed to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 (2005) and the NCAA Elite Eight (2006). He ended his collegiate career after two seasons to declare for the NBA Draft and posted averages of 9.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.

What Lowry has achieved both with the Raptors and at the NBA level has been nothing short of impressive, especially considering his latest, winning the 2019 NBA Finals. In addition, he has earned five All-Star appearances and was even named to an All-NBA team (2015-16).

So far this season, Lowry has shouldered heavier offensive responsibility and has registered averages of 20.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 7.8 assists. He has been needed in a greater capacity than last season with the departure of Kawhi Leonard in free agency to the Los Angeles Clippers and Pascal Siakam being sidelined due to injury for 14 games.