Marshall University Basketball Legend Hal Greer Memorialized

Jan 13, 2019

In this Jan. 29, 1971, file photo, Hal Greer (15), of the Philadelphia 76ers, accepts a ball from Sixers owner Irv Kosloff after Greer reached 20,001 points during a basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Philadelphia, Pa. Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and the 76ers' career leading scorer, has died. The Sixers said Greer died Saturday night, April 14, 2018, in Arizona after a brief illness. He was 81.
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Marshall University is honoring NBA Hall of Famer Hal Greer with a statue.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert wanted to see a statue erected on campus following Greer's death last April at age 81.

Greer was the first black scholarship athlete at Marshall after starring at Huntington's Douglass High School. Greer spent 15 seasons with the Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers. He's the 76ers' career leading scorer.

Huntington native Frederick Hightower Sr. was chosen to create the statue of Greer in his No. 16 Marshall uniform. Once complete, it will be placed near Cam Henderson Center, Marshall's basketball arena.

Hightower also sculpted a bronze statue of West Virginia State graduate and retired NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson prior to her 100th birthday. The statue was revealed in Institute in August.