Tracy McGrady to Wear No. 3 Jersey Next Season

Richard O'NealSenior Analyst IJuly 13, 2009

MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 09: Tracy McGrady #1 of the Houston Rockets chases down a loose ball against the Milwaukee Bucks on February 9, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks defeated the Rockets 124-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

In a surprising announcement, Tracy McGrady has changed his number from No. 1 to No. 3 in support of his "Three Points Darfur" initiative. As reported by Houston Chronicle sportswriter, Jonathan Feign, an official announcement is expected this week. 

Trevor Ariza, the newest Houston Rocket, will wear McGrady's former No. 1 jersey, although he couldn't don the uniform in his press conference last week due to details being worked out. 

This isn't McGrady's first time wearing the No. 3 jersey, as he wore the number back in his high school days at Mount Zion Christian Academy High School in North Carolina. McGrady has stated that he will wear the number to promote his Darfur Dream Team campaign and "Three Points" documentary.

According to Feign, The Darfur Dream Team enlists athletes to help raise funds for Darfur refugees to be educated in a sister school program, in conjunction with schools in the United States. The documentary "Three Points" follows McGrady on his trip to Sudan and Chad in the summer of 2007.