Hal Greer is one of the NBA's great Basketball Legends
Marshall University home of the Thundering Herd commissioned Frederick Hightower to design a sculpture of one of the greatest basketball players of all time. The Sculpture is located on 3rd Avenue in Huntington, West Virginia, next to the Marshall University Henderson Basketball arena. Hal Greer is an alumnus of Marshall University, where he was the first African American to play college ball in the state of West Virginia. He not only broke records in basketball, but he also broke many racial barriers.
Hal Greer was well known for his classic one-hand jump shot, and Frederick Hightower wanted his sculpture to depict this. When you look at the bottom of the Sculpture, under Hal Greer’s feet; there are rugged stones strategically placed which symbolize the obstacles he had to overcome to succeed. Frederick Hightower had a deep connection with the twelve-foot sculpture of Hal Greer considering, he raised his children in Huntington, West Virginia, and his late father attended school with Hal Greer.