Denzel Valentine is already touring around his new town representing his new team, the Chicago Bulls.
The Michigan State standout, who was named the Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year by the Big Ten, was in attendance at the Chicago White Sox game to throw out the first pitch. He was also wearing a customized White Sox jersey featuring his No. 45, which might have Sox and Bulls fans reminiscing about another famous player to wear the same number.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) June 29, 2016
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 29, 2016
That’s right, the legendary Michael Jordan also wore No. 45 during his bizarre baseball trial with the White Sox minor league affiliate, the Birmingham Barons. Of course, Jordan also wore No. 45 after returning to basketball in 1995 after his failed attempt to make it to the big leagues. Jordan’s iconic No. 23 had already been retired when he returned, so he was forced to go with a different number for part of the season.
Valentine was drafted 14th overall by the Bulls during last week’s NBA draft. Nobody is expecting him to become the next MJ, but the Bulls are hoping he can become an immediate contributor after missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season.