Hal Greer to soon get statue in Huntington
HUNTINGTON — Marshall University will unveil designs for a statue honoring the late Hal Greer during a January basketball game with Greer’s family present, Marshall President Jerome Gilbert told the university’s board of governors Thursday, Nov. 1.
The Huntington native, Thundering Herd basketball legend, NBA champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Hal Greer died in April in Arizona after a brief illness. He was 81.
Following his death, Gilbert convened a committee to begin work on erecting a statue to memorialize Greer, who was also the first black scholarship athlete at Marshall.
The committee put out a call for proposals and has narrowed the candidates down to three, Gilbert said. The committee will select the design next month.
On Jan. 12 during a men’s basketball game versus Western Kentucky University, the chosen design and sculptor will be unveiled and the university will kick off a fundraising campaign to have the statue built.
Greer was one of Marshall’s all-time greats (1955-58) with career totals of 1,377 points, 765 rebounds and 54.5 percent shooting.
He was part of the 1956 Mid-American Conference championship team that was Marshall’s first NCAA tournament participant.
He was an All Mid-American Conference performer in 1957 and 1958 whose No. 16 jersey was retired by Marshall.