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Marshall University honoring Hal Greer with statue

January 13, 2019

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — 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.

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Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, http://www.herald-dispatch.com

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