The vanishing No. 12

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Josh Portis

\ As you might recall, a little reconnaissance mission last month in the student union showed that three jerseys were being sold in the university bookstore: No. 1 (Erin Henderson), No. 8 (Darrius Heyward-Bey) and No. 12 (Portis). Henderson and Hey-Bey made a ton of sense; Portis was the more unusual choice, since he was a backup to presumptive and eventual starter Jordan Steffy.\

\ Well, I swung by both the team store in Comcast Center and the University Book Center in the union this morning, and there is no trace of No. 12. There’s plenty of No. 1 and No. 8, and even a leftover No. 14 (Sam Hollenbach) from last year. Can’t say I blame anyone for acting so quickly. And those jerseys might have been gone on Saturday; I just didn’t get a chance to look.\

\ There is this bright side — No. 12 hasn’t been shuttled to the clearance rack, where the jerseys of former basketball players Jamar Smith (No. 1), John Gilchrist (No. 11) and D.J. Strawberry (No. 5) all currently reside in the union bookstore.\

\ — Patrick Stevens

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